Ebola and the Operating Room

Since the West African Ebola outbreak, a slew of guidelines and a vaccine have surfaced to fight the disease. Right now, a robust response is underway to curb the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s latest outbreak. Yet official surgical guidance from the WHO and the US CDC remains "long overdue," write Sherry M. Wren and Adam L. Kushner, editors of the book Operation Ebola: Surgical Care During the West Africa Outbreak.

Amid West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, many deaths likely resulted not from the virus, but from surgical conditions—like obstructed labor and road traffic injuries—that went untreated by fearful healthcare workers, highlighting the urgent need for official surgical guidance.

The Lancet 

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