The calm after the storm: Re-starting ART treatments safely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
journal contributionposted on 15.12.2021, 14:29 by ESHRE COVID-19 Working Group, Luca Gianaroli, Baris Ata, Kersti Lundin, Satu Rautakallio-Hokkanen, Juha S Tapanainen, Nathalie Vermeulen, Anna Veiga, Edgar MocanuEdgar Mocanu
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic created a significant impact on medically assisted reproduction (MAR) services. ESHRE decided to mobilize resources in order to collect, analyse, monitor, prepare and disseminate severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) knowledge specifically related to ART and early pregnancy. This article presents the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic focusing on reproductive healthcare. It details the rationale behind the guidance prepared to support MAR services in organizing and managing the re-start of treatments or in case of any future wave of COVID-19 disease. The guidance includes information on patient selection and informed consent, staff and patient triage and testing, adaptation of ART services, treatment planning and code of conduct. The initiatives detailed in this article are not necessarily COVID-specific and such action plans could be applied effectively to manage similar emergency situations in different areas of medicine, in the future.
CommentsThe original article is available at https://academic.oup.com
Published CitationESHRE COVID-19 Working Group et al. The calm after the storm: re-starting ART treatments safely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hum Reprod. 2021;36(2):275-282.
Publication Date30 November 2020
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
- Published Version (Version of Record)
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