Last update: March 19, 2020
1) Nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs are the primary and preferred method for diagnosis; requirements are updated in UCSD pulse site. Sputum specimen can be submitted as well for COVID-19 testing. Induction of sputum is NOT advised.
2) Bronchoscopy has limited role in diagnosis of COVID-19 and only be considered:
In order to provide consistent care while minimizing the risk of possible infection with COVID19, upper and lower GI endoscopy procedures in ICUs will be stratified as below:
* Note: This document is a living protocol. Please always check for the latest version. For questions or concerns, please contact Michal Senitko, MD, or Sarah Glover, DO.
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