EAU Guidelines Office Rapid Reaction Group: An organisation-wide collaborative effort to adapt the EAU guidelines recommendations to the COVID-19 era
We face a truly unprecedented healthcare crisis. The COVID 19 pandemic is testing the resources and capacity of health systems around the world. Anaesthetists and theatre teams are being redeployed, Intensive Care Units are struggling with a surge in demand and our normal working patterns are being radically altered. In addition to this, a number of frontline staff are being affected as colleagues are removed from the workforce either because of “at risk” characteristics or are themselves become exposed to the virus and are going into self-isolation after the development of symptoms. As a result, we are all being forced to reconsider the appropriate course of action for patients dealing with urological issues. This brings into question if the latest guidelines based upon the best evidence and published less than three weeks ago are relevant in this crisis. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Guidelines Office has been working in in cooperation with the Executive Committee, the Section offices and others to set up a Rapid Reaction Group (GORRG).