Endoscopy mitigation strategy with telemedicine and low-cost device use for COVID-19 prevention: A fourth-level Colombian center experience
Arab J Gastroenterol. 2021 May 6:S1687-1979(21)00026-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajg.2021.05.004. Online ahead of print.
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: The COVID-19 outbreak has reorganized surgical team conditions regarding endoscopy. The number of interventions has been reduced, the number of healthcare professionals must be limited, and both the patients and physicians are more protected than ever.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: In the highest peak of contagion in Colombia, endoscopy, colonoscopy, and esophagogastroduodenoscopy were performed using a low-cost disposable device. A total of 1388 procedures were performed. Every patient was assessed for symptoms via a telephone call, at the health center, and after the procedure, following specific attention routes.
RESULTS: After procedure follow-up, no positive cases of COVID-19 were noted.
CONCLUSION: The methodology reduced the risk of infection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
PMID:34090831 | DOI:10.1016/j.ajg.2021.05.004
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