Experience of Diagnosing and Managing Patients in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery during the Prevention and Control Period of the New Coronavirus Pneumonia

Chin J Dent Res. 2020;23(1):57-62. doi: 10.3290/j.cjdr.a44339.

Abstract

The newly emerged coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) which was first identified in China in December 2019. It is a highly contagious infection that can spread from person to person through close contact and respiratory droplets. The healthcare personnel of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are especially vulnerable to the infection due to their extensive and close exposure to patients' oral and nasal cavities and secretions. As one of the busiest specialised hospitals in the world, the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology summarised the experience with disease prevention and control and clinical recommendations on the examination, diagnosis and treatment processes, clinical management, healthcare personnel protection and disinfection amid the continued spread of the pandemic.

Keywords: diagnosis and treatment process; new coronavirus; oral and maxillofacial surgery; protection.

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • China
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Coronavirus Infections / transmission
  • Coronavirus*
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / etiology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Surgery, Oral*