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Resuming Elective Oncologic Surgery After CoVID-19 Outbreak: What Precautions Should be Taken?

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Anass M. Majbar, Amine Benkabbou, Raouf Mohsine, Amine Souadka

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL AND SURGICAL RESEARCH – Vol. VI, n 3, February 2020; Pages: 724-733;

Abstract:

The COVID 19 outbreak has caused the cancellation of most elective oncological surgery around the world to limit the risk of virus dissemination. As we are exiting the crisis, surgical teams will face strong challenges while resuming normal elective surgery. The accumulation of cases will have to be managed by defining strong selection criteria, taking into account the patient and the disease conditions. In order to reduce the risk of infection, non-COVID patients should be treated in dedicated non-COVID areas, preferably in separate buildings or hospitals. Departments, units and operative theaters should put in place rigorous actions and protocols to protect the patient and healthcare workers. Adequate protective equipment must be readily available for healthcare workers and patients. Finally, teams should keep an adaptive mindset by preparing strategies to maintain surgical activity in case of repeated COVID 19 waves.

Keywords: COVID 19, Guidelines, Lockdown ease, Surgical oncology

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