Skip to main navigation menu Skip to main content Skip to site footer


Vol. 150 No. 1516 (2020)

Response of a European surgical department to the COVID-19 crisis

  • Andrea Peloso
  • Beat Moeckli
  • Graziano Oldani
  • Frédéric Triponez
  • Christian Toso
Cite this as:
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20241


  1. Wu Z, McGoogan JM. Characteristics of and Important Lessons From the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak in China: Summary of a Report of 72 314 Cases From the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. JAMA. 2020. Published online February 25, 2020. doi:.
  2. Murray CJL, Lopez AD, Chin B, Feehan D, Hill KH. Estimation of potential global pandemic influenza mortality on the basis of vital registry data from the 1918-20 pandemic: a quantitative analysis. Lancet. 2006;368(9554):2211–8. doi:.
  3. Reports of the surgeon general of the army 1919.
  4. Markel H, Lipman HB, Navarro JA, Sloan A, Michalsen JR, Stern AM, et al. Nonpharmaceutical interventions implemented by US cities during the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic. JAMA. 2007;298(6):644–54. Published online August 09, 2007. doi:.
  5. Fowler RA, Lapinsky SE, Hallett D, Detsky AS, Sibbald WJ, Slutsky AS, et al.; Toronto SARS Critical Care Group. Critically ill patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome. JAMA. 2003;290(3):367–73. Published online July 17, 2003. doi:.
  6. Pandemic Influenza Plan CDC. 2017 [13.03.2020]. Available from:
  7. American College of Surgeons. COVID-19: Recommendations for Management of Elective Surgical Procedures 2020 [15 March 2020]. Available from:
  8. Wong J, Goh QY, Tan Z, Lie SA, Tay YC, Ng SY, et al. Preparing for a COVID-19 pandemic: a review of operating room outbreak response measures in a large tertiary hospital in Singapore. Can J Anaesth. 2020. Published online March 13, 2020. doi:.

Most read articles by the same author(s)