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Endoscopy can be delivered safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

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S. Esmaily, University Hospital North Tees, UK
UEGW 2020
High-quality therapeutic endoscopy services can be delivered safely in appropriately prioritised patients during the COVID-19 pandemic [1]. The authors presented their experiences with ERCP, EUS, luminal stenting, and dilatation during this period. In the UK, the COVID-19 pandemic began in mid-March 2020 and peaked by late April. In the following months, the UK was in an early recovery phase of restarting endoscopy after the first wave of COVID-19. The British Society of Gastroenterology has provided guidance for managing endoscopy services in this period. The current study aimed to assess the number of COVID-19-positive swabs in the 28 days following a procedure. At the beginning of the pandemic, patients were screened for COVID-19 prior to their endoscopic procedures using a symptom-based questionnaire. From 18 May 2020 onwards, all patients attending therapeutic endoscopic procedures underwent a SARS-CoV-2 nasopharyngeal swab 1-3 days prior to t...

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