JOURNAL REVIEW by Dr Yap Yoke Yeow, Consultant ENT Surgeon
Patients with Covid-19 infections (pneumonia) who had surgeries done during asymptomatic/incubation phase had very poor outcomes – 44% needed ICU care and 20.5% died.
We can infer that surgery performed on asymptomatic carriers are at high risk and would fare badly should they develop clinical infection. Patients undergoing/planned for surgery needs to be tested first to prevent these poor outcomes.
Only patients tested negative should undergo elective surgery to safeguard them from such high risks. Semiurgent cases, too, can be delayed until test results are obtained. In emergencies, knowing the Covid-19 status will help in increasing alert and early intervention to prevent poor outcomes.
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