Multiple guidelines are emerging with recommendations on management of surgical conditions as the risk of the spread of COVID-19 infection impacts our communities. Most of you will have already seen many of these and links to selected ones are provided below.
Any guideline produced today will undoubtedly require review as the realities of the pandemic evolve. Recommendations not only need to take into consideration measures to contain spread of COVID-19 infection amongst patients and healthcare workers, but also, as has become apparent in Spain, Italy and even the USA, the likelihood that resource limitations may begin to impact on our usual approach to management of specific HPB conditions.
The recommendations in this guideline are by necessity brief and generic. A number of your Association members are already working on more detailed guidelines concerning specific HPB clinical scenarios. These will be released as they become available.