COVID-19 is a rapidly expanding global challenge, placing a huge burden on healthcare systems. There is no evidence to inform the management of surgical patients with COVID-19 infection. Capturing real-world data and sharing international experience will support the management of this complex group of patients, improving their clinical care.

We would like to invite you to join CovidSurg, an international collaboration of surgeons and anesthetists. CovidSurg is an observational study of patients who undergo surgery with either suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection (either before or after surgery). Cases can be entered either prospectively or retrospectively. Authorship will follow the GlobalSurg/ ESCP Cohort Studies model, with all collaborators will be recognised with PubMed-indexed collaborative co-authorship on any resulting papers (example: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29452941). In addition, CovidSurg will run a series of further studies, including global hospital-level surveys to track the impact of COVID-19 on patients, hospitals, and healthcare staff.

In the 48 hours since registration opened there have been 450 registrations from across 55 countries. One centre (Massachusetts General Hospital) has already received Institutional Review Board approval! In view of the urgency of the pandemic we anticipate many review boards/ ethics committees may be able to expedite approvals.

To get involved, please register at: http://tiny.cc/covidsurg

A draft protocol and case report form is available from https://globalsurg.org/covidsurg/. Regular updates will be posted on this website.

Thank you for considering joining the CovidSurg collaboration.

Kind regards,

CovidSurg Steering Group