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Title: COVID-19 transmission in surgical smoke during laparoscopy and open surgery: a systematic review
Authors: Matta, Imad
Laganà, Antonio Simone
Ghabi, Elie
Bitar, Lynn
Ayed, Amal
Petousis, Stamatios
Vitale, Salvatore Giovanni
Sleiman, Zaki
Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine 
Faculty of Medicine 
Keywords: COVID-19
Surgical smoke
Viral transmission
Issue Date: 2022
Part of: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies
Volume: 31
Issue: 5
Start page: 690
End page: 697
To evaluate the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in surgical smoke and aerosols during laparoscopy and open surgery.

Material and methods
A systematic review (PROSPERO ID: CRD42021268366) was performed according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines. Articles were selected based on the title and abstract as well as the type of publication. Primary objectives of the study were to assess potential risk of contamination as well as comparing laparoscopic and open procedures in terms of danger of SARS-COV-2 transmission.

Fifty-three articles were identified and included in the review. No case of SARS-CoV-2 transmission to operating room personnel during open or minimally invasive surgery was identified at the time the review was conducted. Furthermore, no significant difference was observed between smoke and aerosols generated from open surgery and those generated from minimally invasive surgery.

COVID-19 transmission in surgical smoke and aerosols has yet to be observed. However, given the potential risk of viral transmission, caution should be exercised when performing surgery to ensure the safety of the operating room personnel. When clinically indicated and when protective measures can be implemented, minimally invasive surgery should be performed instead of open surgery to ensure optimal patient outcomes.
ISSN: 13645706
DOI: 10.1080/13645706.2021.1982728
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Type: Journal Article
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