COVID-19 AND Surgical Safety

by | Mar 11, 2021 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Unfortunately, the pandemic COVID-19 posed some challenges around safety and also some process changes had to be implemented (e.g. confirming bed availability after the surgery-step 6). Patients get tested to determine their status (step 1).

Most surgical teams have a checklist (worldwide); the WHO has made some COVID-specific recommendations.

WHO recommended additions to the checklist

  1. Review the patient’s COVID-19 test results, symptoms, and/or risk factors
  2. Review the aerosolization risks of the procedure
  3. Confirm that all members of the operating room are wearing appropriate PPE
  4. Ensure in-room availability of all necessary equipment to minimize the number of times individuals enter or leave the operating room.
  5. Discuss handling, packaging, and transport of laboratory or pathology specimens
  6. Confirm appropriate postoperative bed availability

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