Caution: Surgeons at Risk
Understanding all routes of viral spread during surgery should mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission from patient to doctor
John Liu, Irfan Nizarali Kherani, Ike Ahmed | | Longer Read
The sudden cancellation of millions of elective surgeries globally as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (1) has created a substantial backlog of cataract procedures for ophthalmologists – and plenty of hurdles to overcome before we can get anywhere close to “practice as usual.”
As surgical centers begin to clear this unenviable backlog, it is more important than ever to understand and minimize all possible routes of infection during surgery. Although various infection control and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures recently recommended for ophthalmologists have shown decreased transmission rates during clinic visits (2, 3), they have not specifically taken the OR into account. Nonetheless, we must make sure we’re protected.
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