Last update: March 23, 2020
SAGES recently released recommendations for surgery during the COVID pandemic. One of their recommendations was to limit laparoscopic procedures. The statement is below:
At the current time we have two types of readily available filtration systems in the ISC that should fit our needs:
Based on this, we are recommending that in patients with known COVID or who are suspected that any operation be delayed if possible. If delay is not in the best interest of the patient, consider non-laparoscopic options. If laparoscopy is in the patient's best interest or if the patient is test negative or low risk, we recommend using the smoke evacuations systems during the entire operation. This includes desufflating the abdomen using the smoke evacuation device. I urge every surgeon to personally double check the CO2 containers at the beginning of the operation and bring attention to monitoring levels throughout the operation. Further avoid opening a trocar valve to clear smoke or desufflate the abdomen.
Run the pneumoclear insufflator on advanced mode for every procedure:
How to get to desufflation mode:
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