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Minerva Urol Nefrol. 2020 Mar 23. doi: 10.23736/S0393-2249.20.03846-1. [Epub ahead of print]

Urology practice during COVID-19 pandemic.

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1
Department of Human and Pediatric Pathology "Gaetano Barresi", Urology Section, University of Messina, Messina, Italy - vficarra@unime.it.
2
Department of Surgery, Oncology, and Gastroenterology, Urology Clinic, University of Padua, Padua, Italy.
3
Department of Surgical, Oncological and Oral Sciences, Urology Section, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy.
4
Department of Translational Research and New Technologies, Urology Unit, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
5
Urology Unit, IRCCS Venetian Oncologic Institute (IOV), Castelfranco Veneto, Treviso, Italy.
6
Department of Urology, Sant'Andrea Hospital, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy.
7
Urology Unit, Academic Medical Centre" Santa Maria della Misericordia", Udine, Italy.
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Urology Unit, ASST Fatebenefratelli-Sacco, Sacco Hospital, Milan, Italy.
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Department of Urology, Cattinara Hospital, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy.
10
Department of Urology, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy.
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Department of Urology, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, Rome, Italy.
12
Department of Surgery, Urology Unit, S. Croce e Carle Hospital, Cuneo, Italy.
13
Division of Urology, Department of Oncology, School of Medicine, San Luigi Hospital, University of Turin, Orbassano, Turin, Italy.

Abstract

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 and the disease it causes, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is generating a rapid and tragic health emergency in Italy due to the need to provide assistance to an overwhelming number of infected patients and, at the same time, treat all the non-deferrable oncological and benign conditions. A panel of Italian urologists has agreed on possible strategies for the reorganization of urological routine practice and on a set of recommendations that should facilitate the process of rescheduling both surgical and outpatient activities during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the subsequent phases. This document could be a valid tool to be used in routine clinical practice and, possibly, a cornerstone for further discussion on the topic also considering the further evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also may provide useful recommendations for national and international urological societies in a condition of emergency.

PMID:
32202401
DOI:
10.23736/S0393-2249.20.03846-1
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