Infect Chemother.  2020 Sep;52(3):453-459. 10.3947/ic.2020.52.3.453.

Guidelines for Surgery of Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Patients

  • 1Division of Infectious Diseases, Kangdong Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Gil Medical Center, Gachon University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea
  • 3Department of Nursing, Soon Chun Hyang University, Cheonan, Korea
  • 4Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 5Inje University Seoul Paik Hospital, Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Seoul, Korea


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread widely across the world since January 2020. There are many challenges when caring for patients with COVID-19, one of which is infection prevention and control. In particular, in cases where surgery must absolutely be performed, special infection control may be required in order to perform surgery without spreading infection within the hospital. We aim to present potentially useful recommendations for nondeferrable surgery for COVID-19 patients based on in vivo and in vitro research and clinical experiences from many countries.


COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; Surgery; Guideline
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