Early Experience with Universal Pre-procedural Testing for SARS-CoV-2 in a Relatively Low-Prevalence Area

Sarah S. Lewis, Becky Smith, Ibukunoluwa C. Akinboyo, Jessica Seidelman, Cameron Wolfe, Allan B. Kirk, Gavin Martin, Thomas Denny, Bruce Lobaugh, Catherine Rehder, Diana Cardona, Mark J. Lee, Christopher R. Polage, Michael B. Datto

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Abstract

We implemented universal SARS-CoV-2 testing of patients undergoing surgical procedures as a means to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE). The rate of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection was <0.5%, and suggests that early local public health interventions were successful. While our protocol was resource-intensive, it prevented exposures to healthcare team members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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