RESEARCH ARTICLE


Resuming Elective Ophthalmic Surgery during COVID-19 Pandemic



Raed Shatnawi1, *
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, Motasem Al-latayfeh1
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1 Department of General and Special Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, The Hashemite University, P. O. BOX 330127, Zarqa 13133, Jordan


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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of General and Special Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, The Hashemite University, P. O. BOX 330127, Zarqa 13133, Jordan; E-mail: raed972@yahoo.com


Abstract

Background:

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has become a global health problem.

Purpose:

This paper aims to describe the practical experience of resuming elective ophthalmic surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic in a specialized eye hospital.

Methods:

A descriptive design was conducted in Middle East Eye Hospital, Ammann, Jordan. The current practices were observed to be conducted according to many evidence-based measures, including mainly the American Academy of Ophthalmology guidelines to safely resume ophthalmology service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Results:

The main strategies that were adopted were related to patient and employee awareness and education, infection control measures, medical instruments, clinical environment, administrative control, patient screening and workflow, and quality control.

Conclusion:

We expect that these strategies could help ophthalmologists globally to resume elective ophthalmic surgery.

Keywords: COVID-19, Ophthalmic surgery, Elective, Jordan, Pendemic, Health problem.