Emergency gastro care during Corona pandemic
May 28, 2020
COVID19 pandemic is unfolding at a great pace and the knowledge about the virus and the disease is growing with increasing research. We know that the disease spreads really quickly and that the only way to prevent being infected is staying away from crowds, maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask and frequently washing hands with soap and water.
All this fills our mind with the fear of leaving our home, even for medical reasons. While you can postpone medical appointments and elective procedures until this pandemic blows over, emergencies cannot be postponed.
Gastro emergencies require immediate attention
Endoscopy for Gastrointestinal bleeding and Infection in Bile duct(Cholangitis) and surgeries for Acute Appendicitis,Perforated Ulcer,Obstructed hernia and through Cholecystitis are a few of the emergency gastro treatments that cannot be postponed. Some procedures such as cancer evaluations, cancer treatments, endoscopic procedures may not be urgent but are still high priority and need to be done at the earliest. Such treatments and procedures have to be carried out even during this pandemic because postponing them may lead to serious consequences.
Precautions taken to prevent infection
- Stringent infection control protocols followed to maintain sterility
- Limiting personnel to the absolute minimum necessary for the procedure
- Personal Protective Equipment provided for all members of the team
- Strict adherence to exact schedules
- All patients kept at appropriate distance from each other
- Patient screening for exposure and infection
- COVID19 positive patients or those awaiting test results treated in isolation
- COVID19 patients treated in negative pressure rooms that prevent outward airflow
- Post procedure follow-ups and general consultation through telemedicine
Get Gastroenterology treatment with confidence even during COVID19
Experts advise that you do not avoid emergency hospital visits or put off critical investigations and procedures. When the hospital has in place strict infection control protocols, it is safe and advisable to get your treatment on time to prevent complications that may become severe.