Journal article

Immediate and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on delivery of surgical services

K Soreide, J Hallet, JB Matthews, AA Schnitzbauer, PD Line, PBS Lai, J Otero, D Callegaro, SG Warner, NN Baxter, CSC Teh, J Ng-Kamstra, JG Meara, L Hagander, L Lorenzon

British Journal of Surgery | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The ongoing pandemic is having a collateral health effect on delivery of surgical care to millions of patients. Very little is known about pandemic management and effects on other services, including delivery of surgery. METHODS: This was a scoping review of all available literature pertaining to COVID-19 and surgery, using electronic databases, society websites, webinars and preprint repositories. RESULTS: Several perioperative guidelines have been issued within a short time. Many suggestions are contradictory and based on anecdotal data at best. As regions with the highest volume of operations per capita are being hit, an unprecedented number of operations are being cancelled o..

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