ENT surgery during COVID-19 pandemic: Tips for safe surgery and how to prioritize them

Orhan K. S., ŞEN C., AYDEMİR L., Çelik M., Türel M. N. K.

Turkish Journal of Ear Nose and Throat, vol.30, pp.41-51, 2020 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.5606/tr-ent.2020.80774
  • Journal Name: Turkish Journal of Ear Nose and Throat
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.41-51
  • Keywords: COVID-19, head and neck surgery, otorhinolaryngology, surgery
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread worldwide, causing health systems to collapse. The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted outpatient and inpatient services, making it almost impossible for patients to access high-quality healthcare services. Additionally, there is a significant hesitation in the management of diseases in need of surgical treatment. Cancers, life-threatening infectious diseases, and injuries are cases where there is no option of treatment delay. Besides, mostly surgical methods are used in their treatment. Therefore, during the pandemic, hospitals need to reorganize themselves and continue to provide healthcare services that are not subject to postponement. While the COVID-19 outbreak continues, maintaining these services will put healthcare workers and patients at risk of transmission. Therefore, some articles about measures that hospitals and healthcare professionals should take were published. In this review, we developed a guide for the management of otolaryngological diseases which need surgical treatment.