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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 8-12

Perioperative safety during Covid-19 pandemic: A review article

Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Christopher Ryalino
Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University, Jl. PB Sudirman, Denpasar 80232, Bali
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/BJOA.BJOA_83_20

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Introduction: Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has become a pandemic all over the world. Despite our familiarity with various protection devices, the high incidence among medical personnel is still worrisome. In this review, we provide several perioperative strategies regarding the management of daily cases in the Covid-19 pandemic setting. Methods: We used keywords (((((coronavirus[Title/Abstract]) OR (covid-19[Title/Abstract])) OR (ncov-19[Title/Abstract])) OR (SARS-cov-2[Title/Abstract]))) AND (perioperative[Title/Abstract]) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) database to find eligible reports. Results: We found 32 articles from the NLM database. After eligibility screening, we found 25 eligible articles describing perioperative management during the Covid-19 pandemic that relates to the staff's safety. All eligible articles stress the importance of the negative-pressurized environment to deal with perioperative care of Covid-19 patients. In general, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and video laryngoscopy is also essential. Conclusion: The best protective suit to avoid health-care personnel from getting Covid-19 infection is proper training and self-discipline. This combined with cooperative, honest patients and proper PPE supply is vital in efforts to reduce the spread of the disease. Negative-pressure chambers, both in operating rooms and intensive care units, are essential in this pandemic. Unfortunately, they are not easily available in underdeveloped and developing countries.

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