Endoscopy during the Covid-19 outbreak: experience and recommendations from a single center in a high-incidence scenario

Digestive Endoscopy team of the Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico-Milano, Luca Elli, Alessandro Rimondi, Lucia Scaramella, Matilde Topa, Maurizio Vecchi, Davide Mangioni, Andrea Gori, Roberto Penagini

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Abstract

A dramatic SARS-Cov-2 outbreak is hitting Italy hard. To face the new scenario all the hospitals have been re-organised in order to reduce all the outpatient services and to devote almost all their personnel and resources to the management of Covid-19 patients. As a matter of fact, all the services have undergone a deep re-organization guided by: the necessity to reduce exams, to create an environment that helps reduce the virus spread, and to preserve the medical personnel from infection. In these days a re-organization of the endoscopic unit, sited in a high-incidence area, has been adopted, with changes to logistics, work organization and patients selection. With the present manuscript, we want to support gastroenterologists and endoscopists in the organization of a “new” endoscopy unit that responds to the “new” scenario, while remaining fully aware that resources, availability and local circumstances may extremely vary from unit to unit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)606-612
JournalDigestive and Liver Disease
Volume52
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Coronavirus
  • Covid-19
  • Endoscopy
  • SARS-CoV-2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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