Risk management during COVID-19: Safety procedures for otolaryngologists Review


Authors: Spinato, G.; Gaudioso, P.; Rizzo, P. B.; Fabbris, C.; Menegaldo, A.; Mularoni, F.; Singh, B.; Maniaci, A.; Cocuzza, S.; Frezza, D.
Review Title: Risk management during COVID-19: Safety procedures for otolaryngologists
Abstract: The pandemic caused by SARS-CoV2 has stressed health care systems worldwide. The high volume of patients, combined with an increased need for intensive care and potential transmission, has forced reor-ganization of hospitals and care delivery models. In this article, are presented approaches to minimize risk to Otolaryngologists during their patients infected with COVID-19 care. We performed a narrative literature review among PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science electronic databases, searching for studies on SARS-CoV2 and Risk Management. Standard operating procedures have been adapted both for facilities and for health care workers, including the development of well-defined and segregated patient care areas for treating those affected by COVID-19. Personal protective equipment (PPEs) availability and adequate healthcare providers training on their use should be ensured. Preventive measures are especially important in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, as the exposure to saliva suspensions, droplets and aerosols are increased in the upper aero-digestive tract routine examination. Morever, the frequent invasive procedures, such as laryngoscopy, intubation or tracheotomy placement and care, represent a high risk of contracting COVID-19. (www.actabiomedica.it). © 2021, Mattioli 1885. All rights reserved.
Keywords: head and neck surgery; risk management; covid-19; personal protective equipment; sars-cov2
Journal Title: Acta Biomedica
Volume: 92
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0392-4203
Publisher: Mattioli 1885 SpA  
Date Published: 2021-01-01
Start Page: e2021105
Language: English
DOI: 10.23750/abm.v92i1.11281
PUBMED: 33682810
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC7975934
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Notes: Review -- Export Date: 1 April 2021 -- Source: Scopus
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