ISSN: 0973-7510

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Review Article | Open Access
Rahul Garg, Arghya Das and Tuhina Banerjee
Department of Microbiology, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, U.P., India.
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2020;14(2):1099-1105 | Article Number: 6321 | © The Author(s). 2020
Received: 30/04/2020 | Accepted: 25/06/2020 | Published: 25/06/2020

Currently, the world is facing a challenge to curb the outbreak of the highly contagious COVID-19, which has significantly impacted many lives and is affecting the practice of healthcare professionals as well. During this containment phase, an influx of COVID-19 patients requiring surgical interventions is expected. To combat the situation, every health care staff must implement and adhere to various infection prevention and control measures. In this article, we have addressed the importance of basic infection prevention and control practices required for handling COVID-19 cases, especially, those requiring acute surgical care. On one hand, certain non-emergency procedures need to be delayed, on the other hand, all surgeries during this period need to be proactively performed with appropriate infection control precautions regardless of the COVID-19 status of the patient. Prudent decisions and a conservative approach while making the best choices regarding surgeries will not only ensure personal protection but will also preserve important resources, manpower, hospital beds, and equipment for repurposing during this urgent crisis.


Surgery, COVID-19, Infection control, Operation, Preparedness

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