2020
DOI: 10.1002/bjs.12050
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Delaying surgery for patients with a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection

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“…Scattered reports have suggested the possibility of persistent pulmonary risks when procedures are performed 2e4 weeks after a test is positive. 20,24 Our findings argue for consideration of delaying elective surgery for 30 or more days, particularly in patients with pre-existing pulmonary risk factors such as smoking, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe cardiac disease, which have all been associated with COVID-19 pneumonia.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 90%
“…Scattered reports have suggested the possibility of persistent pulmonary risks when procedures are performed 2e4 weeks after a test is positive. 20,24 Our findings argue for consideration of delaying elective surgery for 30 or more days, particularly in patients with pre-existing pulmonary risk factors such as smoking, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe cardiac disease, which have all been associated with COVID-19 pneumonia.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 90%
“…Overall, SARS-CoV-2 infected patients have not experienced many surgeries during this pandemic wave (< 0.2% of surgical cases). This observation is probably a combination of limited surgical needs in this population and a restriction to surgical care imposed on them until they recover from their infection to potentially reduce postoperative complications [ 22 , 23 ]. As such, they required mostly urgent minor surgery, although 36% of them required a major one.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Pulmonary complications and mortality were observed in 11.7% and 3.4% of those operated after a 2- to 4-week delay. These data suggest that elective surgery should be delayed >4 weeks (not 14 days as previously recommended) for patients who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 [ 43 , 46 ].…”
Section: Erp “Upgrades” Related To Covid-19mentioning
confidence: 99%