What Urologists Need to Know About COVID-19
4 years ago
Fernando J. Kim, MD, MBA, FACS, Chief Emeritus of Urology at Denver Health Medical Center, Professor of Surgery/Urology at the University of Colorado at Denver, and Associate Editor of the Patient Safety in Surgery Journal, and E. David Crawford, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Grand Rounds in Urology, discuss how the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 crisis require doctors to be flexible in order to protect both their patients and the healthcare providers themselves. They further discuss how important it is to understand the capacity of ICU beds, respirators, and personal protective equipment, particularly the N95 mask. Dr. Kim suggests that urologists should follow the recommendations of both the CDC and the AUA to stop performing elective procedures, but that in cases of metastasizing cancers doctors need to weigh the need for the surgery against the possibility of contracting COVID-19 while the patient is in recovery in the ICU.