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Future medico-legal implications on Obstetrics and Gynaecology practice in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

ABSTRACT

Since February 2020, the Italian National Healthcare System had to mitigate the possibility of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission to vulnerable patients. Healthcare professionals rapidly reviewed their workflow to maintain a safe and high standard treatment, but weak scientific evidences and organizational limits resulted in the adoption of heterogeneous measures. Adherence to screening protocols and follow-up programs pregnant women and oncological patients has not been always guaranteed: this scenario could evolve in an enormous number of medico-legal actions. This context, showing the weakness of the Italian law No. 24/2017, imposes an urgent reorganization of the legal framework to homogenize the judgements to “protect” healthcare professionals involved in this epochal emergency.

SOMMARIO

Da febbraio 2020, il Sistema Sanitario Italiano ha dovuto arginare il rischio di trasmissione della malattia da Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-Cov-2) a pazienti vulnerabili. Gli operatori sanitari hanno rapidamente rivisto il loro flusso di lavoro per mantenere uno standard di cure adeguato, ma prove scientifiche deboli e limiti organizzativi hanno portato all’adozione di misure eterogenee. L’adesione ai protocolli di screening e ai programmi di follow-up delle donne gravide e delle pazienti oncologiche non è sempre stata garantita: questo scenario potrebbe evolvere in un numero enorme di azioni medico-legali. Tale contesto, che mostra la debolezza della legge italiana n. 24/2017, impone un’urgente riorganizzazione del quadro giuridico per “tutelare” gli operatori sanitari coinvolti in questa emergenza epocale.

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