Management Strategies and Role of Telemedicine in a Surgery Unit During COVID-19 Outbreak

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Management Strategies and Role of Telemedicine in a Surgery Unit During COVID-19 Outbreak

Journalinternational journal of surgery
Publication date – May – 2020
Authors – Giuseppe Palomba , Vincenza Paola Dinuzzi , Giovanni Aprea , Giovanni Domenico De Palma
KeywordsCOVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; coronavirus; outbreak; pandemia; triage stratey
Open access – Yes
SpecialityGeneral surgery, Other
World region Western Europe
Country: Italy
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on June 8, 2020 at 2:00 am
Abstract:

At the end of 2019, in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei (China) were reported 27 cases of death caused by “severe acute respiratory virus coronavirus 2” (SARS-CoV-2) [1]. The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020, has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic [2]. Officially, Italian lockdown started on March 10th and ended on May 3rd, 2020. From 4 May a new phase of coexistence with the coronavirus began. This is characterized by a gradual reopening of commercial activities and by persistence of some important rules such as social distancing and use of masks in public transport. At the 20/05/2020 in Italy there are 226.699 total cases and 32.169 deaths, while in Campania region, total cases are 4.707 with 400 deaths [3]. In this situation, there was a rapid reorganization of public health system and hospitals. Also, for surgery there have been several changes. As part of COVID-19 containment strategy and with Intensive Care Unit (ICU) near collapse, elective operations were suspended while emergency surgery and the operative therapy of oncological patients continued. Moreover, have been deleted all non-urgent outpatients visits and endoscopic procedures.

OSI Number – 20525
PMID – 32479914

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