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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 279-285

A glimpse of unfolding surgical crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic: Need urgent global attention and universal recommendation

1 Department of Surgery, Dr BSA Medical College and Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Dr BSA Medical College and Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Jitendra Kumar
Department of Surgery, Dr BSA Medical College and Hospital, Sector-6, Rohini, New Delhi - 110 085
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/cmrp.cmrp_53_20

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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in serious consequences for all those patients who need treatment for any other routine ailments. The worst sufferers are the patients who need to undergo elective or non-emergency surgical procedures. But globally, no concrete steps have so far been taken to reduce the huge suffering of routine surgical patients either during or the aftermath of the pandemic. The aim of this study is not only to draw global attention by highlighting the magnitude of suffering faced by routine surgical patients but also to put the much-needed proposal for the urgent need of universal guidance to counter the huge challenges waiting ahead. In an attempt to find the scale of problems faced by patients in need of routine surgical procedures and their suggested solutions available to date, we did an extensive search online on different search engines and scientific databases. Unfortunately, no country is tracking or reporting the data of routine surgical patients affected by this pandemic. Whatever estimated data in this regard is projected, is catastrophic. The worst at the global level is that no step has so far been taken to look into any solution for this huge suffering faced by millions of people. The COVID-19 pandemic has posed a huge challenge for routine surgical patients across most of the affected parts of the world, and we cannot turn a blind eye for long time on this issue. All stakeholders at the global level must come forward with uniform guidance to handle this global emergency during and post-pandemic time.

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