University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin Guidelines for Treatment of Facial Trauma While Minimizing the Risk of COVID-19 Transmission

Shady Elmaraghi, MD; Venkat K. Rao, MD, MBA; Catharine B. Garland, MD; Benjamin C. Marcus, MD; Delora L. Mount, MD

WMJ. 2020;119(3):202-204.

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Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many practices to completely change the interface between health care providers and patients. Patients presenting with facial trauma present a special risk for COVID-19 transmission, as contact with respiratory and ocular secretions is common, and so special precautions must be taken in managing them.

Methods: We created guidelines and a triage/management algorithm for patients presenting with facial trauma to decrease the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Conclusions: In this paper, we present a set of guidelines and a triage algorithm we have successfully implemented to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while managing facial trauma. We believe that these guidelines can help other providers restructure their practices during this pandemic.

Author Affiliations: Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH), Madison, Wis (Elmaraghi, Rao, Garland, Marcus, Mount).
Corresponding Author: Delora L Mount, MD, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 600 Highland Ave, Box 3236, Clinical Science Center, Madison, WI 53792; phone 608.265.8072; email
Funding/Support: None declared.
Financial Disclosures: None declared.
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