Position statement regarding breast reconstruction during the covid-19 pandemic – Victorian update August 2020

Recent publications have highlighted the considerable mortality rate for COVID-19 positive patients undergoing a general anaesthetic. It is critically important to preoperatively test all patients prior to any elective surgery and for them to be quarantined during the test period in this current environment. Consideration should be given to delaying, or minimising the extent of surgery, stay in hospital and risk of complications during the pandemic. This is to reduce the risk of patient mortality, patient exposure to COVID-19, the risk of anaesthetising a COVID-19 positive patient and to preserve resources. This may affect decision making regarding breast reconstruction. Read more.

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