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Korean J healthc assoc Infect Control Prev 2020; 25(1): 4-10

Published online June 30, 2020 https://doi.org/10.14192/kjicp.2020.25.1.4

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Infection Control during Surgery for Patients with Confirmed or Suspected Coronavirus Disease-19

Si Hyeon Han1, Sung Ran Kim2, Kyeong-Sook Cha3 , Hee Jung Son4, Myoung Jin Shin5, Jong Rim Choi6, Ji Youn Choi7

Infection Control Department, Dankook University Hospital1, Cheonan, Infection Control Office, Korea University Guro Hospital2, Seoul, Department of Nursing Science, Sun Moon University3, Asan, Infection Control Office, Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital4, Seoul, Infection Control Office, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital5, Seongnam, Center for Infection Prevention and Control, Samsung Medical Center6, Infection Control Team, Chungang University Hospital7, Seoul, Korea

Correspondence to: Kyeong-Sook Cha
E-mail: chamelda@sunmoon.ac.kr
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7307-898X

Received: May 20, 2020; Revised: May 28, 2020; Accepted: May 29, 2020

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The prevalence of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has led to an increase in the number of patients being treated at medical institutions, including the number of patients requiring surgical treatments. Although the operating room infection control has focused on preventing surgical site infections in patients, a high interest has been shown in preventing infections in the medical staff because of a high risk of exposure of the medical staff to body fluids and respiratory system secretions during surgery when operating on suggested or confirmed patients with COVID-19. A thorough surgical preparation by the medical institution is warranted to protect both the patient and medical staff from contracting infections. The medical institution should closely examine the operation process to maintain the facilities related to the operation and plan the placement of human resources and patient movement. Further, specific guidelines for commodity, environmental, and waste management should be established in accordance with the agency’s situation, and medical workers should be continuously trained using the related guidelines.

Keywords: COVID-19, Guideline, Infection control, Surgery

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