RNSH is one of the hospitals which will be participating in the Commonwealth Coronavirus Elective Surgery Surveillance Program (1,2). All adult (>18yo) patients, having an elective procedure under general anaesthesia will be asked to participate. The study involves the collection of nasal swabs and blood samples which will be tested for current or past COVID-19 infection. For more information about the project please contact Helen Goldsmith (Page 45660, RNSH).
(1) Cunningham, Melissa. 2020. “Thousands of Elective Surgery Patients to Be Screened for COVID-19.” The Sydney Morning Herald. The Sydney Morning Herald. June 12, 2020. https://www.smh.com.au/national/thousands-of-elective-surgery-patients-to-be-screened-for-covid-19-20200612-p55212.html.
(2) “An Australian Study of Coronavirus Infection (COVID-19) in Elective Surgery – Home.” Accessed June 18, 2020. https://www.covidsurgeryaustralia.org.au/.