Recommendations for the Operation of Endoscopy Centers in the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic – World Endoscopy Organization guidance document

Nalini M. Guda, Fabian Emura, Duvvur Nageshwar Reddy, Jean Fracois Rey, Dong Wan Seo, Tibor Gyokeres, Hisao Tajiri, Douglas Faigel

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Abstract

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the etiologic agent causing the disease Corona Virus Disease 19 (COVID-19), resulting in a worldwide pandemic. Non-emergent endoscopy services have been disrupted as incidence and hospitalizations were rising. It is anticipated that the peak incidence may be leveling off in many parts of the world, but there is a concern for resurgence of the virus activity. Thus, it is important for endoscopy units to have plans in place during peak times of the epidemic and when resuming endoscopic services as the pandemic wanes. The global endoscopy community is faced with the challenge of providing care during this time. The WEO-COVID guidance task force has provided this resource document based on the current evidence and consensus opinion. These World Endoscopy Organization (WEO) recommendations are meant to guide endoscopists worldwide, should be interpreted in light of specific clinical conditions and resource availability and may not apply in all situations. This guidance document does not supersede the need to check for all local regulations and legislations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)844-850
Number of pages7
JournalDigestive Endoscopy
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • PPE and pandemic
  • SARS-CoV 2
  • best practices
  • clinical practice guideline
  • corona virus
  • endoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology

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