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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-4

Recommendations of the laparoscopic surgery society of Nigeria on the conduct of minimal access surgeries during and after the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria

1 Department of Surgery, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
2 Department of Surgery, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria
3 Department of Surgery, National Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria
4 Department of Surgery, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
5 Department of Surgery, Lagoon Hospitals, Lagos, Nigeria
6 LASSON Secretariat, Department of Surgery, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria

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Dr. Adewale Oluseye Adisa
Department of Surgery, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife 220005
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/njs.NJS_68_20

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Background: COVID-19 pandemic has affected surgical practice worldwide. Laparoscopic procedures utilizing gas for pneumoperitoneum require specific consideration. Method: A panel of experts of the Laparoscopic Surgery Society of Nigeria (LASSON) was constituted to draft recommendations on the conduct of minimal access surgical (MAS) procedures during and after the pandemic in Nigeria. Results: The Society strongly believes that laparoscopy and other (MAS) procedures can be safely performed during and after the current COVID-19 pandemic if appropriate safety measures are adhered to. The Society therefore makes the following recommendations for all units performing MAS in Nigeria: (1) Design clear cut measures to navigate the pandemic in each hospital. (2) Triage surgical services and procedures. (3) Encourage screening and testing of all patients (4) Provide adequate patient communication and consenting (5) Ensure compulsory use of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) (6) Minimize preoperative and intraoperative personnel (7) Envisage postoperative respiratory challenges and make adequate preparation for respiratory support: (8) Make specific considerations for the confirmed COVID 19 positive patients:(9) Private facilities offering MAS and endoscopic procedures should take special measures during the pandemic (10) Know your limits. Conclusion: The Society encourages all MAS practitioners to adhere to these recommendations.

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