- Urgent procedures that can be performed under local anesthesia are preferable considering the limited availability of anesthesiologists.
- Gross hematuria should be treated to limit the use of blood derivatives.
- Non-deferrable oncological procedures should be planned while taking in consideration the patient comorbidity profile and the availability of intensive care beds.
- All procedures for benign diseases and as outpatient should be postponed until after the COVID-19 emergency.
- All patients undergoing prioritized surgical procedure and urgent procedure, if possible, should be tested preoperatively with nasopharyngeal sample for SARS-CoV-2.
- The panel suggests the implementation of a weekly pool of non-deferrable procedures in all surgical specialties to be assessed daily in a multidisciplinary perspective.
This data comes from a short communication based on the limited data available in the urological literature and on experts’ opinion of a group of urologists directly involved in the organization of the urological ward in Italy during COVID-19 pandemic.
Ficarra V., Novara G., Abrate A., et al (March 23, 2020). Urology practice during COVID-19 pandemic. Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica. DOI: 10.23736/S0393-2249.20.03846-1