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Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica 2020 June;72(3):369-75

DOI: 10.23736/S0393-2249.20.03846-1

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Urology practice during the COVID-19 pandemic

Vincenzo FICARRA 1 , Giacomo NOVARA 2, Alberto ABRATE 3, Riccardo BARTOLETTI 4, Alessandro CRESTANI 5, Cosimo DE NUNZIO 6, Gianluca GIANNARINI 7, Andrea GREGORI 8, Giovanni LIGUORI 9, Vincenzo MIRONE 10, Nicola PAVAN 9, Roberto M. SCARPA 11, Alchiede SIMONATO 3, 12, Carlo TROMBETTA 9, Andrea TUBARO 6, Francesco PORPIGLIA 13, on behalf of Research Urology Network (RUN)

1 Section of Urology, Department of Human and Pediatric Pathology Gaetano Barresi, University of Messina, Messina, Italy; 2 Department of Surgery, Oncology, and Gastroenterology, Urology Clinic, University of Padua, Padua, Italy; 3 Section of Urology, Department of Surgical, Oncological and Oral Sciences, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy; 4 Unit of Urology, Department of Translational Research and New Technologies, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy; 5 Unit of Urology, Veneto Institute of Oncology IOV - IRCCS, Padua, Italy; 6 Department of Urology, Sant’Andrea Hospital, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy; 7 Unit of Urology, Santa Maria della Misericordia Academic Medical Center, Udine, Italy; 8 Unit of Urology, ASST Fatebenefratelli-Sacco, Sacco Hospital, Milan, Italy; 9 Department of Urology, Cattinara Hospital, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy; 10 Department of Urology, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy; 11 Department of Urology, Campus Bio-Medico University, Rome, Italy; 12 Urology Unit, Department of Surgery, S. Croce e Carle Hospital, Cuneo, Italy; 13 Division of Urology, Department of Oncology, School of Medicine, San Luigi Hospital, University of Turin, Orbassano, Turin, Italy



The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 and the disease it causes, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is generating a rapid and tragic health emergency in Italy due to the need to provide assistance to an overwhelming number of infected patients and, at the same time, treat all the non-deferrable oncological and benign conditions. A panel of Italian urologists has agreed on possible strategies for the reorganization of urological routine practice and on a set of recommendations that should facilitate the process of rescheduling both surgical and outpatient activities during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the subsequent phases. This document could be a valid tool to be used in routine clinical practice and, possibly, a cornerstone for further discussion on the topic also considering the further evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also may provide useful recommendations for national and international urological societies in a condition of emergency.


KEY WORDS: Coronavirus; COVID-19; Pandemics; Urology; Practice guideline; Surgery

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