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Evidence Based Suggestions for the Return to Elective Urology Surgery Following the COVID-19 Pandemic

Version 1 : Received: 11 May 2020 / Approved: 12 May 2020 / Online: 12 May 2020 (05:41:34 CEST)

How to cite: Radha, S.; Afzal, I.; Vig, S. Evidence Based Suggestions for the Return to Elective Urology Surgery Following the COVID-19 Pandemic. Preprints 2020, 2020050203 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202005.0203.v1). Radha, S.; Afzal, I.; Vig, S. Evidence Based Suggestions for the Return to Elective Urology Surgery Following the COVID-19 Pandemic. Preprints 2020, 2020050203 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202005.0203.v1).

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented the world with increased challenges. The response to this pandemic has led to a sudden disruption of routine medical and elective surgical care. Most hospitals across the globe have had to change the way outpatient clinics are carried out and postpone non-urgent elective surgical procedures. NHS England ceased all elective general surgeries to train and re-deploy their staff to support the increased pressures from COVID-19 in an intensive care setting. However, with a decline of reported cases and deaths, the return to undertaking non-urgent elective services is imminent. In May 2020, Radha and Afzal published the first evidence-based guidelines for the resumption of elective orthopaedic services titled “Evidence based suggestions for the return to elective orthopaedic surgery following the COVID-19 Pandemic”. The pathway presented is adapted from the “Evidence based suggestions for the return to elective orthopaedic surgery following the COVID-19 Pandemic” and could potentially be used as a model for other surgical specialities. We present a three-phased return back to urological services. Safe resumption of elective care is possible but needs to be carefully planned.

Subject Areas

urology; COVID-19; return to elective services

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