Global Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Endoscopy: An International Survey of 252 Centers from 55 Countries
Faigel, Douglas O.
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Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on the world. As of May 18, 2020, there were 4,889,287 confirmed cases and 322,683 deaths globally. The healthcare system is wrestling with a virus that threatens to overwhelm hospital capacity, while simultaneously confronting an unprecedented reduction in elective and non-essential care[2, 3]. A survey by the American Cancer Society showed that 50% of cancer patients and survivors reported some impact to their healthcare due to the COVID-19 epidemic A recent survey was conducted by Forbes et al to evaluate the changes in GI and endoscopy practices in North America. However, the impact of this epidemic on endoscopy units globally has not been studied. Methods: A web-based survey was developed by leaders of the World Endoscopy Organization (WEO). The questionnaire included 16 questions focused on the endoscopy units’ baseline volumes, the impact on procedure numbers during the peak of the COVID 19 epidemic, the use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and if any endoscopy personnel contracted the infection. The survey was sent out on April 23, 2020 and responses were collected through May 12, 2020. The detailed questionnaire is provided in supporting document 1. All participants provided informed consent for the collection, handling, and storage of data. For this survey, Institutional Review Board exemption was provided by Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Statistical Analysis: Descriptive statistics were used to analyze responses. Continuous variables were reported as mean ± standard deviation or median (IQR), and categorical variables were summarized as frequency and percentage. Data were compared across continents and tertiles of pre-COVID volume using one-way ANOVA for continuous and chi-square for categorical variables. All statistical analyses were performed using SAS 9.4 (Cary, NC).
Link to resourcehttps://doi.org/10.1053/j.gastro.2020.06.009
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