“The Making of the COVID-19 Pandemic Surgery Guidance” – watch the interview with our EiC, Björn Brücher

Earlier this year, Björn L.D.M. Brücher and over thirty other experts for the Pandemic Surgery Guidance Consortium (PSGC) published “COVID-19: Pandemic Surgery Guidance” open access in 4open. The article provides guidance for surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance addresses the following key areas:

  • Emergency surgery
  • Planned surgery
  • Strategy
  • Operating rooms
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

In light of this article, and the practical implications in today’s environment, we set out to learn more about how a surgeon’s work environment has changed as a result of COVID-19. We were also interested in the process of why and how this guidance was created. In conjunction with SciencePOD, we interviewed the corresponding author, Björn L.D.M. Brücher, to find out more.

Key elements to the success of the project include international collaboration and quick and clear communication. Many people in many countries came together quickly and embraced new ways of working in order to ensure the guidance could be produced without delay.

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A ‘Key Summary’ of this interview has also been produced, the 7th free article in the 4open Key Summary series. This ‘Key Summary’, structured as a Q&A, offers an easy to understand account of the video interview.

Read the Key Summary:Surgical Guidance in the Time of COVID-19

“A lot of surgeons, worldwide, were very unhappy with the available guidelines in terms of COVID-19, and how you should handle that… Our aim was really to help surgeons worldwide, whether you are working in Spain, Italy, Germany, or in a third-world country…” – Björn L.D.M. Brücher

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This video interview and ‘Key Summary’ are brought you to in collaboration with SciencePOD.