Endoscopic Ultrasound

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 93--97

Performing EUS during COVID-19 postendemic period: A report from endoscopy center in Wuhan


Yuchong Zhao1, Qian Chen2, Qiaozhen Guo2, Nianjun Chen2, Wei Hou2, Yun Wang2, Weinuo Qu1, Shou Jiang Tang3, Siyu Sun4, Bin Cheng2 
1 Department of Internal Medicine, The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology; The Second Clinical School Affiliated Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China
2 Department of Internal Medicine, The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China
3 Department of Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, USA
4 Department of Gastroenterology, Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Bin Cheng
Department of Internal Medicine, The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, HUST, Wuhan, 430030
China
Prof. Siyu Sun
Department of Gastroenterology, Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang 110004
China

In early April 2020, the 3-month-long city-wide lockdown was lifted in Wuhan, the epicenter of China during Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic. However, continuing precautions are still practiced considering the risk of transmission from asymptomatic carriers. Given that COVID-19 is spread via airborne droplets, including aspiration of oral and fecal material through endoscopes, our endoscopy center has strategically assigned health-care providers to ensure triage workflow and to minimize concomitant exposure from potential asymptomatic carriers. Here, we share the experience of performing EUS-FNA during the COVID-19 pandemic and postendemic periods. We illustrate our workflow using a patient with a left adrenal mass as an example and followed a biosafety level-2 standard. We believe all endoscopy centers need to focus on these three directions: (1) pre-EUS patients risk assessment and triage, (2) Personal protective equipment (PPE), and (3) dressing code modalities. We fully adopted them in our hospital to reduce COVID-19 resurgence risk.


How to cite this article:
Zhao Y, Chen Q, Guo Q, Chen N, Hou W, Wang Y, Qu W, Tang SJ, Sun S, Cheng B. Performing EUS during COVID-19 postendemic period: A report from endoscopy center in Wuhan.Endosc Ultrasound 2021;10:93-97


How to cite this URL:
Zhao Y, Chen Q, Guo Q, Chen N, Hou W, Wang Y, Qu W, Tang SJ, Sun S, Cheng B. Performing EUS during COVID-19 postendemic period: A report from endoscopy center in Wuhan. Endosc Ultrasound [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 May 15 ];10:93-97
Available from: http://www.eusjournal.com/article.asp?issn=2303-9027;year=2021;volume=10;issue=2;spage=93;epage=97;aulast=Zhao;type=0