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Vol. 101. Issue 9.
Pages 594-598 (September 2023)
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Vol. 101. Issue 9.
Pages 594-598 (September 2023)
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Crossing borders to change lives: Surgical mission amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
Cruzando fronteras para cambiar vidas: Misión quirúrgica durante la pandemia de COVID-19
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Hazim Hakmia, Johnny Morenob, Patrizio Petronea,
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patrizio.petrone@nyulangone.org

Corresponding author at: Department of Surgery, NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, 222 Station Plaza North, Suite 300, Mineola, New York 11501, USA.
, Amir H. Sohaila, Galo Burbanob, Samer Sbayic
a NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, Mineola, New York, USA
b Centro Clínico Quirúrgico Ambulatorio “Blanca’s House Ecuador - Hospital del Día”, Guayaquil, Ecuador
c Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook, New York, USA
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Introduction

During the COVID pandemic, elective global surgical missions were temporarily halted for the safety of patients and travelling healthcare providers. We discuss our experience during our first surgical mission amidst the pandemic. We report a safe and successful treatment of the patients, detailing our precautionary steps and outcomes.

Methods

Retrospective manual chart review and data collection of patients’ charts was conducted after IRB approval. We entail our experience and safety steps followed during screening, operating and postoperative care to minimize exposure and improve outcomes during a surgical mission in an outpatient setting during the pandemic. The surgical mission was from February 8 to February 12, 2022.

Results

A total of 60 patients who were screened. 33 patients underwent surgical intervention. One patient required postoperative hospitalization for a biliary duct leak. No patient or healthcare provider tested positive for COVID at the end of the mission. The average age of patients was 46.9 years. The average operative time was 116 min, and all patients had local nerve blocks. It included 45 health work providers.

Conclusions

It is safe to perform outpatient international surgery during the pandemic while following pre-selected precautions.

Keywords:
COVID-19
Elective global surgery
Surgical mission
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Introducción

Durante la pandemia de COVID, las misiones quirúrgicas globales electivas se detuvieron temporalmente por la seguridad de los pacientes y los proveedores de atención médica que viajaban. En el presente trabajo presentamos nuestra experiencia durante la primera misión quirúrgica en medio de la pandemia. Reportamos el tratamiento seguro y exitoso de los pacientes, detallando nuestros pasos de precaución y resultados.

Métodos

Luego de obtener la aprobación del IRB, se realizó la revisión manual retrospectiva de las historias clínicas y la recopilación de datos de las historias clínicas de los pacientes. Exponemos nuestra experiencia y los pasos de seguridad seguidos durante la detección, la operación y la atención posoperatoria para minimizar la exposición y mejorar los resultados durante una misión quirúrgica en un entorno ambulatorio durante la pandemia. La misión quirúrgica fue del 8 al 12 de febrero de 2022.

Resultados

Un total de 60 pacientes fueron tamizados. De ellos, 33 pacientes fueron intervenidos quirúrgicamente. Un paciente requirió hospitalización postoperatoria por una fuga del conducto biliar. Ningún paciente o proveedor de atención médica dio positivo por COVID al final de la misión. La edad media de los pacientes fue de 46,9 años. El tiempo operatorio promedio fue de 116 min, y todos los pacientes tuvieron bloqueos nerviosos locales. Participaron 45 proveedores de trabajo de salud.

Conclusiones

Es seguro realizar una cirugía internacional ambulatoria durante la pandemia siguiendo las precauciones preseleccionadas.

Palabras clave:
COVID-19
Cirugía global electiva
Misión quirúrgica

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