Prolonged suspension of elective endoscopic procedures and outpatient consults could "compromise patient care and result in poor outcomes," according to a new study published in Digestive Diseases.
The study authors outlined five guidelines for gastroenterologists and endoscopic unit administrators gradually resuming elective services:
1. Use telemedicine and EHRs to facilitate patient care while minimizing exposure.
2. Carefully screen patients.
3. Maintain adequate levels of personal protective equipment.
4. Implement effective infection control policies and administrative modifications.
5. Continue prioritizing the safety of patients, caregivers and healthcare workers.