Minimising risk to thoracic surgical teams in an era of COVID-19: exploring possible preventative measures

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Authors

External organisations

  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Abstract

The demands of curtailing the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic have disrupted the world's ability to care for patients with thoracic pathologies. Those who undergo thoracic surgical therapeutic procedures are a high-risk category, likely to have impaired lung function but also high risk for exposing clinical teams to aerosolised viral loads. In light of this global pandemic, thorough pre-procedural planning, adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), experienced personnel and judicious anaesthetic and intra-operative measures will serve to be instrumental in ensuring positive patient outcomes whilst still protecting the safety of healthcare workers.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Early online date18 Nov 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Nov 2020