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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 41-45

Do's and don'ts for colorectal surgeons during pandemic time

1 Department of Surgery, Dr. B.S.A. Medical College and Hospital, Delhi, India
2 Department of Laparoscopic and General Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India
3 Department of General Surgery, Dr. B.S.A. Medical College and Hospital, Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Jitendra Kumar
Department of Surgery, Dr. B.S.A. Medical College and Hospital, Sector - 6; Rohini, New Delhi - 110 085
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJCS.IJCS_5_20

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The whole world is reeling under coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic due to highly infectious SARS CoV-2 virus. At this moment of global health crisis, all surgeons are facing difficult task to take care of their surgical patients and carrying a high risk of compromising their own safety. Among all surgical disciplines, colorectal surgeons are at higher risk as majority of surgical patients who require emergency surgical interventions are related to colorectal problems. Furthermore, after the respiratory tract, the digestive tract and fecal route of transmission are now being considered the next probable mode of transmission for SARS CoV-2 virus. In these circumstances, it has now become mandatory for all the colorectal surgeons to get well aware of the facts to counter the potential risk posed by COVID-19 pandemic. This is not only essential for their own safety but also for the safety of other health-care personnel and patients as well. They must know the measures to deal with all the challenges which could be encountered during the management of surgical patients at the current time of crisis created out of COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this article is to prepare the brief note based on evidence-based literature and currently available recommendations to help our colorectal surgeons during the current pandemic time.

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