Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on urological practice in emergency departments in Italy

Alchiede Simonato, Nicola Pavan, Jacopo Durante, Alessandro Crestani, Cosimo De Nunzio, Giacomo Novara, Andrea Gregori, Alchiede Simonato, Francesco Porpiglia, Riccardo Bartoletti, Carlo Trombetta, Andrea Tubaro, Vincenzo Ficarra, Giovanni Liguori, Maria Grazia Novara

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Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2) and the disease it causes, coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19), are causing a rapid and tragic health emergencyworldwide [1,2]. Italy was the first European country toexperience a virus outbreak, starting on 21 February 2020. Itresulted in a national quarantine, and the official lockdown ofthe country’s non-essentialbusinesses and services began on 9 March 2020. Althoughseveral reports are available in the literature providingrecommendations for the reorganization of clinical andsurgical activities [3–7], to our knowledge, no data areavailable on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemicon the outcomes of other medical conditions.For this reason, we aimed to evaluate the urologicalcomponent of emergency department activities during theCOVID-19 pandemic, assessing the requests for urgenturological consultations in a network of academic and nonacademic hospitals in Italy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-247
Number of pages3
JournalBJU International
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Urology

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