Coronavirus (619) New COVID-19 publications

18 May, 2020

Dear Neil and HIFA Colleagues,

I hope you and yours are well.

I am pleased to share my two recent COVID-19 related publications for April and May 2020. Please disseminate as they should be very helpful (even for non-surgeons and non-otolaryngologists).

1. Lapeña JF, Abes FL, Gomez MA, Villafuerte CV, Roldan R, Fullante P, Carrillo RJ, Paber JEL, Isla A, Alcances-Inocencio R, Cabazor JB, Caro R, Guzman MF. Otorhinolaryngology Out-Patient Practice in the “Post”-COVID-19 Era: Ensuring a Balance Between Service and Safety. Philipp J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 May 15;35(1):6-29. DOI:

This review contains valuable recommendations on Physical Office Set-Up, Processing Patients, Personal Protection, Procedures, Prevention and Health Promotion, and Practice Implications. It is globally acceptable, but should be locally applicable, particularly in low- and middle-income practice settings. Here is a direct link to the PDF version:

2. Brücher BLDM, Nigri G, Tinelli A, Lapeña Jr JFF, Espin-Basany E, Macri P, Matevossian E, Ralon S, Perkins R, Lück R, Kube R, da Costa JMC, Mintz Y, Tez M, Allert S, Sökmen S, Spychala A, Zilberstein B, Marusch F, Kermansaravi M, Kycler W, Vicente D, Scherer MA, Rivkind A, Elias N, Wallner G, Roviello F, Santos LL, Araujo Jr. RJC, Szold A, Oleas R, Rupnik MS, Salber J, Jamall IS, Engel A for the Pandemic Surgery Guidance Consortium (PSGC). COVID-19: Pandemic surgery guidance. 4open 2020 April 10;3(1):1-19. DOI:

This review provides guidance for surgery during the COVID-19 crisis in a simplified way addressing the practice of surgery, healthcare staff and patient safety and care. It is a Pandemic Surgery Guidance for surgical procedures by distinct surgical disciplines such as numerous cancer surgery disciplines, cardiothoracic surgery, ENT, eye, dermatology, emergency, endocrine surgery, general surgery, gynecology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, pediatric surgery, reconstructive and plastic surgery, surgical critical care, transplantation surgery, trauma surgery and urology, performing different surgeries, as well as laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and endoscopy. Here is a direct link to the PDF version:

Thank you, and stay safe!

Kindest Regards,



Jose Florencio F. Lapeña Jr. M.A., M.D., FPCS, FPSOHNS

Professor of Otorhinolaryngology, UP College of Medicine

University Scientist III, University of the Philippines System

Editor, Philipp J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg

Charter President, Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE)

Department of Otorhinolaryngology

Ward 10, Philippine General Hospital

University of the Philippines Manila

Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila 1000 Philippines

Phone: (632) 8554 8467 Fax: (632) 8524 4455


HIFA profile: José Florencio F. Lapeña is a Director of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), Past President of the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) and Charter President of the Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE). He is a member of the HIFA working group on Access to Health Research. lapenajf AT