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Title: Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in elective surgical patients at Epworth Richmond in 2020.
Authors: Tan, Niki
Keywords: SARS-CoV-2
Elective Surgical Patients
Preadmission Testing
Epworth COVID-19 Risk Screening Tool
Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Oct-2020
Conference Name: Epworth HealthCare Research Month 2020
Conference Location: Epworth Research Institute, Victoria, Australia
Abstract: The impact of national elective surgery restrictions in April and Victorian restrictions in August/September due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic have yet to be fully realised. However, it is crucial to examine how elective surgery can continue in a manner that is safe and sustainable, for patients and healthcare workers. Patient demographic data are consistent with elective surgery restrictions. 1. In July, all study patients tested negative for active SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, conclusions regarding prevalence cannot be drawn due to the high number of excluded patients. 2. In August, almost every patient had symptom, epidemiology and PCR screening before admission. No patient tested positive after surgery which may indicate a robust combination of screening processes. The rate of COVID-19 checklist screening on admission for surgery can be improved.
Type: Conference Poster
Affiliated Organisations: University of Melbourne
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Prospective Study
Appears in Collections:Research Week

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