Author(s): Philippine College of Surgeons
As the contagion continues to spread in the general population, there are hospitals without a documented case of COVID -19, and thus presumed “COVID-free” at the moment. May we encourage these hospitals to institute measures that would possibly maintain that status – most especially the operating room complex and the surgical staff.
- Practice strict social distancing among all personnel in and out of the hospital including the operating room.
- Limit the surgical procedures to emergent and urgent cases as previously recommended by the College (March 14, 2020 PCS Bulletin).
- Implement policies for rotation of surgical teams to minimize possible exposure.
- Suggest wearing of PPEs during the surgical procedure.
- Promote appropriate self-quarantine for all surgical personnel with known exposure.
- Observe intensified and strict disinfection practices in all surgical theatres after every use.
- Institute measures to prevent inadvertent contamination from surgical team by avoiding crossing institutions from COVID-designated centers to COVID-19-free centers.
- Test for COVID-19, if feasible, patients for surgery without causing a delay in the operation.
In maintaining such status in “COVID-19-free” institutions, we can assure safe surgical procedures to patients needing emergency/urgent operations in this time of crisis.
Key words: Surgeries in “COVID-19-Free” Hospitals