Covid-19 and Otologic/Neurotologic Practices: Suggestions to Improve the Safety of Surgery and Consultations

Stephane Ayache, Sebastien Schmerber
Otology & Neurotology 2020, 41 (9): 1175-1181
: Since the beginning of 2020, the world has been confronted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The lock-down aims to limit the circulation of the virus and thus avoid overwhelming healthcare systems. Healthcare workers have had to adapt by postponing consultation and surgical activities. Otolaryngologists are particularly exposed to infection from the upper airway where the virus is highly concentrated. Literature has previously reported other human coronaviruses in the middle ear and mastoid, suggesting a risk of infection to staff during ear surgery where aerosolizing procedures are usually used. The aim of this article is to propose a strategy for planning consultations and surgeries for ear and lateral skull base diseases, in the context of the current active evolution of the pandemic and of the future gradual recovery to normal practice.

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