Are German endoscopy units prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic? A nationwide survey
Are German endoscopy units prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic? A nationwide survey (MedRXiv).
Objective: The COVID-19 pandemic challenges health care systems worldwide. In this situation, guidelines for health care professionals in endoscopy units with increased risk of infection from inhalation of airborne droplets, conjunctival contact and faeces are urgently needed. Recently, the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE)
and the German Society for Pneumology (DGP) issued recommendations. However, real-world data on the
conditions and requirements of endoscopy units to adhere to this guidance are
Conclusion: Concise definitions
of non-urgent, elective interventions and endoscopic surveillance strategies
are needed to better guide endoscopic activity and intervention cancellations.
In the short term, a lack of PPE can constitute considerable impairment of
endoscopy units' operability and patient outcomes.
Quelle: MedRXiv, 23.04.2020