COVID-19 contagion and contamination through hands of trauma patients: what risks and what precautions?

  • R. De Vitis
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    Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Istituto di Clinica Ortopedica, Roma, Italy
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  • M. Passiatore
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    Corresponding author. Address: Marco Passiatore, Istituto di Clinica Ortopedica, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Via Giuseppe Moscati 31, 00168, Roma, Italy, Tel.: +39 3208696168.
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    Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Istituto di Clinica Ortopedica, Roma, Italy
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  • A. Perna
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    Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Istituto di Clinica Ortopedica, Roma, Italy
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  • L. Proietti
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    Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Istituto di Clinica Ortopedica, Roma, Italy
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  • G. Taccardo
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    Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Istituto di Clinica Ortopedica, Roma, Italy
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Published:April 04, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2020.03.037
      The coronavirus pandemic has required a reorganization of hospital activity in Italy and many other countries. Since the beginning of March 2020 hand and upper limb surgery in our hospital has been limited to trauma cases. Although emergency care unit attendances have decreased considerably in recent weeks, we continue see patients with upper limb trauma, mostly after accidents at home. HCWs have to avoid contagion and contamination by COVID-19. Hands are the most common vehicles for many pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2. As such, one of the most important preventive measures in COVID-19 infection is considered to be good hand hygiene. [
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      • Wu Y.-J.
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      • Wang Q.-Z.
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