Editor-in-Chief Ufuk Demirkılıç Frequency Quarterly Abbreviation Turk J Vasc Surg Publisher Turkish National Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society ISSN 2667-4947 E-ISSN 2667-5080

Turkish Journal of Vascular Surgery 2021 , Vol 30 , Issue 2
Wound treatment strategies during COVID-19 pandemic: An expert opinion
Emre Özker1, Alper Erkin2, Hasan Murat Aslan3, Tünay Kurtoğlu4, Mustafa Çağdaş Çayır5, Tankut Akay6, Ünal Aydın7, Nevzat Erdil8, İsmail Yürekli9, Ufuk Demirkılıç10
1Department of Wound Care, Altunizade Acıbadem Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Sakarya University Medical Faculty, Sakarya, Turkey
3Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Istanbul Fatih Sultan Mehmet Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
4Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Adnan Menderes University Medical Faculty, Aydın, Turkey
5Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Pamukkale University, Medical Faculty, Denizli, Turkey
6Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Başkent University Medical Faculty, Ankara, Turkey
7Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Mehmet Akif Ersoy Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
8Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Inonu University Medical Faculty, Malatya, Turkey
9Department of cardiovascular Surgery, Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey
10Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Liv Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 10.9739/tjvs.2020.761 The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a great challenge for the healthcare systems and healthcare workers worldwide. The resources and the infrastructure of the healthcare systems are reorganized to provide care for abundant number of pandemic patients. All elective procedures and treatments have either cancelled or postponed. Treatment of lower extremity ulcers may be misclassified as non-essential during this pandemic; however, without regular best wound care, these ulcers are at a great risk of becoming quickly infected, which may lead to an increased rate of septicemia, amputations, and even deaths in this fragile patient population. In this review, we discuss the treatment strategies for lower leg ulcers and vascular pathologies during pandemic and provide an algorithm for triage which may be a useful guide for vascular surgeons. Keywords : COVID-19, lower extremity ulcers, pandemic, wound
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