Where do Urologists Stand in the Era of Novel Coronavirus-2019 Disease

Thomas Hughes; Hui Ching Ho; Shahrokh F. Shariat; Bhaskar Kumar Somani


Curr Opin Urol. 2020;30(4):610-616. 

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'Telemedicine' and 'Telehealth' are consultations using electronic devices, for example, telephone or video call. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, it is much more widely used in different countries to reduce face-to-face contact, while addressing a patient's medical concerns. Video calls should be the preferential option as it provides visual cues to help gain better rapport.[48,49]

In the cases where face to face contact is necessary, further stratification is required. All appointments requiring attendance should be screened, ensuring the patient is well and COVID-19 infection risk is low. Clinicians should be wearing adequate PPE including eye protection, gloves, fluid repellent surgical masks and fluid resistant aprons.[5,8]

Routine appointments for elective procedures should be postponed. Postoperative follow-up could be initially addressed via telephone or video consultation and assessed for the need of a face to face appointment. Urgent appointments for suspected malignancy or obstructive uropathy should still proceed with screening.[8]