General Surgery Operating Room Practice in Patients with COVID-19
A. Serdar KARACA, M. Mahir OZMEN, A. Deniz UÇAR, A. Çınar YASTI, Seher DEMİRER
On Behalf of the Initiative of the Board of Directors of the Turkish Surgical Society
The virus COVID-19, which emerged in China in December 2019, was announced by the World Health Organization as a pandemic in January 2020. It is known that infection is not severe and may even progress without symptoms in patients who have come into contact with COVID-19. Although various organizations have been informed about how to take measures to protect the patient and the surgeon in case of diseases requiring urgent or elective surgery in people infected with COVID-19 or in cases with high suspicion, there is still no definite judgment between patients, physicians and health authorities. In this study, which was prepared with the initiative of the Turkish Surgical Association, we tried to shed light on what should be done and how surgeons should act in patients whose operation is mandatory in light of the available data.
Keywords: COVID-19, coronavirus, surgery, personal protective equipment
No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.
The authors declared that this study has received no financial support.