COVID-19 ERA

Foreword

Vasant Oswal, MB, MS, FRCS (Eng.), FRCS (Ed), DLO, DORL

Emeritus Consultant Otol. H & N Surgeon,
James Cook University Hospital, Cleveland, UK
Vice President & Chair, Ed Committee
British Med Laser Assn.
Secretary General
European Laser Assn.
Founder Chair
Asia Pacific Laryngology Assn


President of APLA, David Lau and the Secretary of APLA, Vyas Prasad, both from Singapore, held the most successful First Conference of APLA in November 2019. They took a lead to collate ‘Safe Practices in Micro-Laryngoscopy and Laryngeal Laser Surgery in the Covid-19 Era’ from our expert members from a number of countries. APLA covers a vast geographical area which is the most socio-economically diverse, anywhere. To achieve a uniformity in safe practices is aiming for unreachable heights. Nevertheless, we hope that this consensus opinion will go some way to develop safe practice within the available resources and manpower.

The knowledge about the COVID-19 evolved as the disease spread to most countries in the world. The learning process is by no means complete and will continue to evolve further as more validated experience is published. One thing is for sure, SARS-CoV-2 will be with us for a long time to come. To put it in perspective, it took more than 200 years and a worldwide vaccination programme to eradicate smallpox.

Being a novel virus, the core knowledge of its very many aspects is necessary in order to formulate our actions to protect ourselves, the staff and the patients. This process is going to continue and therefore, the readers are asked to consider the manuscript as a starting point and update their knowledge with frequent references on the net, news media, Governmental, institution and any other advice as and when it enters the public domain.

COVID-19 has also provided a fertile ground for much misinformation and fake news, particularly on the social media. Be alert to ensure authenticity.

I have collated Part One from the internet resource which covers the basic science. I am most grateful to my retired colleague Liam Flood for a vigilant eye to ensure that it remains true to its aims.

David Lau and his colleague Vyas Prasad deserve an applaud to source the material from very many countries from East to West and North to South, twenty countries in all!. We all know how the expressive language can be so regional. To assimilate the contributions and produce a uniform and readable text is a testimony to their hard work.

Finally, all the contributors are to be congratulated for their enthusiastic support of this project, without which such multi-authorship work would not see daylight.

Dom Hilton, our web-designer has done an excellent job in shaping the material for web publication.

All that remains for me to say that oft-repeated phrase: Stay Safe!





– PART ONE –
THE WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF COVID-19

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Disclaimer: Part One contents are sourced from the net; all the URLs are listed. Ample care has been taken to extract accurate information to produce the text. We accept no responsibility for any errors and omissions.







– PART TWO –
SAFE PRACTICES IN MICRO-LARYNGOSCOPY AND LARYNGEAL LASER SURGERY IN THE COVID-19 ERA

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Disclaimer: Part Two contents have been sourced from multi-authorships. Due to the nature of narration and possible overlap, the text has been assimilated as a continuous document without assigning individual names in order to avoid fragmentation. The Lead authors and APLA take no responsibility for any errors and omissions. The material provides a narration of individual practice rather than any guidance or indeed APLA position statement.




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