Urological Practice during COVID19 Pandemic
Italy, as we know, is a country with high incidence of COVID19 with high ratio of Mortality. It has literally brought the country to a standstill. But for the sake of preventing and treating this pandemic, it should be realised that many diseases that afflict mankind can continue to exist and some demanding urgent attention. In this Urological Diseases are not exempt. Diseases that we commonly see still occur needing on many occasions hospitalisation and decision on further treatments. Many patients could be midway of treatment and neither here or there. Many Urological Emergencies can crop up during this period. Hospital Beds are going to be scarce (already so in many countries) where even accepting these patients for treatments are going to be difficult. We are concerned about patients with Urological disorders but what about other specialties where delay for treatments could be catastrophic. Majority of our illnesses, baring few are not life threatening and hence alternate ways of treatments will have to be considered.
Prof. Vincenzo Ficarra and Members of the Research Urology Network deliberated on the issues concerning Urological diseases and what would be the optimal way for tackling these disorders in these trying times. They have prioritized the various diseases and have suggested what could be done for them till this pandemic is overcome. But for how long is a question that no one seems to have an answer now. They conclude by stating that this document presented could be useful tool for consideration by many Urological societies but then it should be realized that such decisions can be based only on what is happening in each country.
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