Clinical guidance for surgeons

The RCSI National Clinical Programmes are work on a daily basis with individual and institutional partners, and other interested parties, to develop publications and national guidelines on the management of patient and safety precautions to be taken by surgeons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As new documents are produced we will add these to the list below - all items are dated and the newest will always be listed at the top of each section.

Department of Health: Ethical Framework for Decision-Making in a Pandemic

The documents below are currently out for stakeholder consultation and feedback. If the document is relevant to you and you would like to give feedback, please send your comments by downloading the NCPS consultation feedback form below and email to suregryprogramme@rcsi.ie within two weeks of the publication date.

Interim perioperative pathway in a COVID era – a guidance document PDF | 2426.7 KB NCPS consultation feedback form DOCX | 37 KB Care pathway for the management of day case laparoscopic cholesyscetomy during COVID pandemic PDF | 782.5 KB
9 July 2020: Resumption of outpatient activity for otolaryngology and head and neck surgery in Ireland PDF | 522.8 KB 9 July 2020: Interim clinical guidance on flexible nasendoscopy (FNE) and nasal endoscopy in Ireland during COVID-19 pandemic PDF | 492.8 KB 11 May 2020: NCPS guide for prioritisation of urgent schedule surgical conditions v2 PDF | 981.1 KB 11 May 2020: NCPS guide for consenting in the COVID situation v1 PDF | 180.7 KB 29 April 2020: NCPS Guide for prioritisation of urgent schedule surgical conditions PDF | 820.4 KB 15 April 2020: RCSI multidisciplinary guidelines on elective tracheostomy insertion in ventilated COVID-19 patients PDF | 566.8 KB 15 April 2020: Surgical patient flow during COVID-19 pandemic v2 PDF | 623.6 KB 3 April 2020: Outline of urological cancers where time sensitive management may be necessary during COVID-19 crisis PDF | 387.3 KB 3 April 2020: Triage Guidelines for Elective Colorectal Cancer Surgery during COVID-19 Crisis PDF | 629.4 KB March 2020: Intraoperative recommendations when operating on suspected COVID-19 infected patients PDF | 761.9 KB 31 March 2020: Guidance on operating of Acute Surgical Assessment Units (ASAUs) during the COVID 19 pandemic PDF | 133.4 KB 25 March 2020: Update from the RCSI Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery PDF | 1279 KB 19 March 2020: Guidance to surgeons for OPD triage during COVID-19 PDF | 516.8 KB 9 March 2020: Information for surgeons regarding virtual follow up of patients PDF | 496.9 KB
25 May 2020: NCCP Guidance for Testing COVID-19 in Asymptomatic Patients Undergoing Elective Cancer Surgery PDF | 888.9 KB 13 May 2020: NCAGL Acute Operations Interim Guidance on the Peri-Procedural Period PDF | 355.1 KB 13 May 2020: NCAGL Acute Operations Interim Guidance on the Management of planned Hospital Admission for non-COVID care PDF | 117.5 KB 13 May 2020: NCAGL Acute Operations Interim Guidance on the Management of Day Case Procedures non AGPs PDF | 91.7 KB 13 May 2020: NCAGL Acute Operations Interim Guidance on the Management of Day Case AGPs PDF | 93.8 KB 13 May 2020: NCAGL Acute Operations Interim guidance non-COVID OPD v4 PDF | 296.2 KB 13 May 2020: NCAGL Acute Operations In-patient pyrexia algorithm PDF | 205.3 KB 13 May 2020: NCAGL Acute Operations HCW algorithm v6 PDF | 412 KB 1 May 2020: Irish Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Head and Neck Reconstruction during the COVID-19 pandemic PDF | 152.5 KB 17 April 2020: Irish Head and Neck Society - considerations during COVID-19 updated PDF | 1078.4 KB 12 April 2020: Irish Microsurgery Special Interest Group guidelines for microsurgery during the COVID-19 pandemic PDF | 142.7 KB 29 March 2020: Guidelines on the Management of Skin Cancer/Melanoma during Covid-19 Crisis PDF | 703.4 KB 23 March 2020: NCCP advice on patients requiring surgery PDF | 481.8 KB 23 March 2020: Clinical guide for the management of neurosurgical patients during the COVID-19 pandemic PDF | 393.2 KB