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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 82-88
Joint IFS-ISAR-ACE recommendations on resuming/opening up assisted reproductive technology services


1 President, Indian Fertility Society; Director, Matritava – Advanced IVF and Training Center, Delhi, India
2 President, Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction; Director, Dr. Trivedi's Total Health Care Hospital & Aakar IVF-ICSI Centre; Gynae Laparoscopist, Urogynecologist & ART Consultant Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai, India
3 Secretary, Indian Fertility Society; Professor, Consultant, ART Centre, Department of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
4 Editor in Chief, Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences; Clinical Director, Dr Patil's Fertility and Endoscopy Clinic, Bangalore, India
5 President, Academy of Clinical Embryologists, INDIA [ACE]; Scientific Director; Santhathi Centre For Reproductive Medicine, Mangalore, India
6 Secretary, Academy of Clinical Embryologists; Lab Director, Baheti Hospital & Centre for Reproductive Healthcare, Jaipur, India
7 Secretary, Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction, Fertility Consultant, Ankur Fertility Clinic, Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Madhuri Patil
Dr. Patil's Fertility and Endoscopy Clinic, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/jhrs.JHRS_109_20

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COVID-19 – A Global challenge on a scale not previously seen. Reproductive care is essential for the well-being of society and therefore the treatment needs to be completely re-thought and individualised. Infectivity and mortality rates are higher than previous pandemics and the disease is present in almost every country. Propagation and containment have varied widely by location and, at present, the timeline to complete resolution is unknown. With successful mitigation strategies in some areas and emergence of additional data, the societies have sanctioned gradual and judicious resumption of delivery of full reproductive care. When we resume, monitor local conditions, including prevalence of disease, status of government or state regulations, and availability of resource. It is important to implement proactive risk assessment within their practices prior to restarting services. One needs to develop clear and modified plans to ensure the ability to provide care while maximizing the safety of their patients and staff. One should also remain informed and stay current regarding new medical findings. These recommendations provide resources for restarting ART practice again.


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