Perioperative Considerations During Emergency General Surgery in the Era of COVID-19: A U.S. Experience

J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2020 May;30(5):481-484. doi: 10.1089/lap.2020.0266. Epub 2020 Apr 27.


The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) strain has caused a pandemic that affects everyday clinical practice. Care of patients with acute surgical problems is adjusted to minimize exposing health care providers to this highly contagious virus. Our goal is to describe a specific and reproducible perioperative protocol aiming to keep health care providers safe and, simultaneously, not compromise standard of care for surgical patients.

Keywords: COVID-19; emergency general surgery; perioperative protocol.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • COVID-19
  • Clinical Protocols / standards
  • Coronavirus Infections*
  • Emergencies
  • General Surgery / standards*
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / standards*
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional / prevention & control*
  • Massachusetts
  • Pandemics*
  • Patient Care Team / standards
  • Perioperative Care / standards*
  • Pneumonia, Viral*
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / standards*
  • United States