2020, Number 2
Ortho-tips 2020; 16 (2)
Sánchez GLE, Mendoza BE, López GJA
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ABSTRACTThe new coronavirus pandemic, also known as SARS-CoV-2, has put immense pressure on health systems around the world. As a result, multiple federal and state governments have imposed restrictions on hospitals, such as limiting «elective surgery» and recommending social or physical distancing. We reviewed the literature in areas that have been affected, including surgical selection, patient care in hand surgery. These areas have been affected in inpatient and outpatient paradigms including surgical priority, physical priority, or social distancing priority for risk factors. During this crisis, it is important that hand surgery and microsurgery emphasize staff safety and slowing the spread of the virus in order to maintain the vitality of their functions. This review of the literature aims to provide guidance based on prevention guidelines, to understand elective surgery also in emergencies and to participate in routines that improve the well-being of the physician, as well as to detect early risk factors that are predictive of risk of infection.