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. 2020 Apr 27;S1590-8658(20)30173-0.
doi: 10.1016/j.dld.2020.04.018. Online ahead of print.

Endoscopy During the Covid-19 Outbreak: Experience and Recommendations From a Single Center in a High-Incidence Scenario

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Endoscopy During the Covid-19 Outbreak: Experience and Recommendations From a Single Center in a High-Incidence Scenario

Luca Elli et al. Dig Liver Dis. .
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Abstract

A dramatic SARS-Cov-2 outbreak is hitting Italy hard. To face the new scenario all the hospitals have been re-organised in order to reduce all the outpatient services and to devote almost all their personnel and resources to the management of Covid-19 patients. As a matter of fact, all the services have undergone a deep re-organization guided by: the necessity to reduce exams, to create an environment that helps reduce the virus spread, and to preserve the medical personnel from infection. In these days a re-organization of the endoscopic unit, sited in a high-incidence area, has been adopted, with changes to logistics, work organization and patients selection. With the present manuscript, we want to support gastroenterologists and endoscopists in the organization of a "new" endoscopy unit that responds to the "new" scenario, while remaining fully aware that resources, availability and local circumstances may extremely vary from unit to unit.

Keywords: Coronavirus; Covid-19; Endoscopy; SARS-CoV-2.

Conflict of interest statement

Declaration of Competing Interest All the authors declare no conflict of interest.

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Algorithm for patients’ stratification in high-incidence Covid-19 scenarios.
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Example of space management for the Endoscopy Unit. Viral load and theoretical risk are depicted with a colour scale where red areas are those with a sure high viral load and yellow/green the ones with an estimated intermediate/lower viral load. Yellow areas are intermediate-risk areas. A Covid-19 waiting room is not planned because we assume that they are inpatients or on quarantine. However, a Covid-19 recovery room can be considered as a waiting room, when needed.

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