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COVID-19 and endoscopy services in intermediately affected countries: a position statement from the saudi gastroenterology association


1 Division of Gastroenterology, King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Division of Gastroenterology, McGill University Health Centre, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada
2 Division of Gastroenterology, King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Gastroenterology Division, Department of Internal Medicine, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
5 Department of Medicine, Qassim University, Buraydah, Saudi Arabia
6 Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
7 Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, King Fahd Specialist Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
8 Department of Internal Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
9 Internal Medicine Department, Security Forces Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
10 King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz University of Health Sciences, King Abdul-Aziz Medical City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Majid A Almadi,
Division of Gastroenterology, King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2925 (59), Riyadh 11461

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjg.SJG_161_20

PMID: 32351243

With the global pandemic due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), there has been a significant strain on healthcare facilities. The infectivity rate, as well as the rate of healthcare workers who have fallen ill to the disease, has raised concerns globally on the proper management of patients as well as the role of safe healthcare provision utilizing personal protective equipment (PPE). Furthermore, the limited supply of PPEs has mandated rationing their use to achieve maximum utility and preservation. Multiple gastroenterology associations have issued guidance and statements that would help healthcare providers in navigating these unprecedented and difficult times, and the Saudi Gastroenterology Association has provided this statement in an effort to bring the most up to date information for the management of endoscopy units in terms of resources, manpower planning, scheduling, as well as infection control policies and leadership.


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