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Table 3 Summary for decision-making in different pathologies during phase 3

From: A tentative guide for thoracic surgeons during COVID-19 pandemic

Pathology What to operate What to defer
NSCLC • Threatened airway
• Tumor-associated severe infection
• Hemodynamically unstable patients with tumor-associated hemorrhage
As phase 1, 2 plus hemodynamically stable patients with any complication
Esophageal cancer Septic perforation As phase 1, 2 plus non-septic perforation
Postoperative complications Only hemodynamically unstable patients, critically compromised airway as active bleeding not amenable to nonsurgical management, dehiscence of airway, and anastomotic leak with sepsis. As phase 2 plus any complication not critically compromising the airway or causing hemodynamic instability
Trauma All emergency cases as massive hemothorax, major airway injury, airway obstruction by inhaled foreign body or advanced tracheal stenosis, and diaphragmatic hernia with strangulation As phase 2 plus any complication not critically compromising the airway or causing hemodynamic instability