RACS Guidelines on the Preoperative Diagnostic Workup for COVID-19

Guidelines on the “Preoperative Diagnostic Workup for COVID-19” is now available on the RACS website (1). This rapid review aims to evaluate the literature surrounding the clinical, laboratory and radiological methods that can contribute towards the diagnosis of SARS-Cov-2 —for the purpose of producing evidence-based guidance for surgeons in Australia and New Zealand.

In addition to this, a group of expert surgeons, using a  rapid review methodology, have developed recommendations for surgical safety in the current environment (2).

For most recent information on COVID-19 see the NSLHD Intranet site [see Link]


(1) RACS. 2020. “Guidelines-on-the-Preoperative-Diagnostic-Workup-for-COVID-19,” July. https://www.surgeons.org/-/media/Project/RACS/surgeons-org/files/news/covid19-information-hub/Guidelines-on-the-Preoperative-Diagnostic-Workup-for-COVID-19.pdf.

(2) Tivey, David R., Sean S. Davis, Joshua G. Kovoor, Wendy J. Babidge, Lorwai Tan, Thomas J. Hugh, Trevor G. Collinson, Peter J. Hewett, Robert T. A. Padbury, and Guy J. Maddern. 2020. “Safe Surgery during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Crisis.” ANZ Journal of Surgery, June. https://doi.org/10.1111/ans.16089.

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