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Table 2 Summary of infection control and arthroplasty service prioritization at our institution

From: Lessons learnt from the impact of COVID-19 on arthroplasty services in Hong Kong: how to prepare for the next pandemic?

  Guidelines and measures
Patient screening Inpatient admission screening
 • SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test using deep throat saliva self-collected by patient in the presence of a HEPA filter unit
Outpatient screening (e.g., preoperative clinic appointments)
 • Patients are screened for symptoms and signs of COVID-19 using a health declaration form
Visiting arrangement  • All ward visitations are suspended except for compassionate visit of inpatients for exceptional situations on a case-by-case basis
 • Visitors are screened for symptoms and signs of COVID-19 using a health declaration form
 • Visitors are required to wear full personal protective equipment, including face shield, N95 respirator, isolation gown and disposable gloves
Arthroplasty prioritisation Proceed with elective arthroplasty for semi-urgent indications, such as:
 • Joint infection
 • Loosening, dislocation or mechanical failure of arthroplasty
 • Bone loss
 • Tumor
Preoperative screening
 • SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test using deep throat saliva self-collected by patient in the presence of a HEPA filter unit