A Clinical and Procedural Guideline for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Units during COVID-19 Pandemic Era

Hasan Maulahela, Ari Fahrial Syam, Kaka Renaldi, Muhammad Begawan Bestari, Roy Sutikno, Murdani Abdullah, Marcellus Simadibrata, Dadang Makmun


The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 as global pandemic since there are tremendous growing numbers of confirmed cases for SARS-C0V-2 infection, the number of affected countries and high mortality rate. The global COVID-19 pandemic also will affect various aspects of health care including endoscopic service. The Indonesian Society for Digestive Endoscopy (ISDE), which provides a scope for doctors who perform endoscopic procedures, has developed a clinical and procedural guideline that may serve as a reference for doctors performing gastrointestinal endoscopy in Indonesia.


COVID-19; gastroenterology; procedure; endoscopy


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