surgeons apos response to covid19 modified workflow to adapt to the new normal CORD-Papers-2022-06-02 (Version 1)

Title: Surgeons' response to COVID19: modified workflow to adapt to the new normal
Published: 2020-07-08
Journal: Br J Surg
DOI: 10.1002/bjs.11773
Author Name: Xu Y
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Author Name: Pan Y
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Author Name: Wang X
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Author Name: Liu G
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Author Name: Liu Y
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Author Name: Lu S
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pubmed_id: 32639030
pmcid: PMC7361343
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Keywords Extracted from PMC Text: zone COVID‐19 patients centre outpatients Patients patients patient‐transfer PPE body fast‐response negative‐pressure on‐call 5378 COVID‐19
Extracted PMC Text Content in Record: First 5000 Characters:An optimized workflow is mandatory to restore surgical care to the population in the 'new‐normal' of COVID‐19 pandemic 1 , 2 , 3 . Our hospital was the largest tertiary centre in Beijing that continued to provide full‐ranged surgical care from January 26 through April 29. We have received 99 809 surgical outpatients and 4376 emergencies, and 5378 surgeries have been performed. We herein introduce our modified workflow based on gateway screening, fever clinic and observational ward (Fig. 1 ). Patients were interviewed by a triage nurse in PPE at a designated zone outside the emergency and outpatient entrance. This screening helped keep potential COVID‐19 patients out of the main areas of the hospital. Patients with risk factor or possible pneumonia on chest CT were transferred to the fever clinic that was established for febrile outpatients since the SARS outbreak in 2003. It is isolated from the heavy‐traffic zone of the hospital. In this pandemic, the fever clinic was transformed into a makeshift fully fledged centre with a screening clinic, an isolation ward and two negative‐pressure operating rooms for emergency surgery of suspect patients. Patients with risk factors for COVID‐19 were screened and swabbed in the fever clinic and waited in single isolation rooms for the results. They were transferred to a designated hospital for COVID‐19 if positive. Patients with essential elective surgical indications who pass the screening are admitted to hospital. They stay first in an observational single room for 72 hours with no contact, body temperature monitoring, and symptoms and epidemiology checks. This waiting period helps identify any potential incubational patients that may slip through screening. A fast‐response team will be on‐call for re‐swabbing and to take over the patient‐transfer as well as ward disinfection and quarantine upon viral confirmation. After an uneventful observation, patients move to a regular room for perioperative care.
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