COVID-19: ramifications in surgical practice

Abstract

Nepal lies between two large countries (India and China) who have reported high incidence of COVID-19.  It is only logical that we prepare the best with the limited medical facilities that we have. There are numerous challenges that impact the surgical department and the hospital administration in general. New guidelines are being formulated and updated frequently. The challenge to provide sufficient personal protective equipment, limited finances and need to train staffs are pertinent challenges. A change in the method of treatment and execution has exerted pressure on the surgeons with a need to keep abreast of new developments. 

We describe the numerous impacts of the COVID-19 on surgical practice, the impact on surgeons, patients, surgical residents and even the hospitals which have led to all “new normal” in surgery.

Keyword: COVID-19, coronavirus, surgery, impacts on surgery

Author Biographies

Harish Chandra Neupane, Chitwan Medical College, Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal

Department of Surgery
Chitwan Medical College, Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal

Tseten Yonjen Tamang, Chitwan Medical College, Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal

Department of Surgery,
Chitwan Medical College, Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal

Siddeshwar Angadi, Chitwan Medical College, Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal

School of Nursing   
Chitwan Medical College, Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal

Niki Shrestha, Chitwan Medical College, Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal

Medical Education Unit
Chitwan Medical College, Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepa

Ganesh Dangal, Nepal Health Research Council

Nepal Health Research Council

Published
2020-05-08
Section
COVID-19: Short Communication/ Perspective/ Viewpoint