Journal article

Aeromedical retrieval diagnostic trends during a period of Coronavirus 2019 lockdown

Fergus W Gardiner, Marianne Gillam, Leonid Churilov, Pritish Sharma, Mardi Steere, Michelle Hannan, Andrew Hooper, Frank Quinlan

Internal Medicine Journal | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Little is known on the trends of aeromedical retrieval (AR) during social isolation. AIM: To compare the pre, lockdown, and post-lockdown AR patient characteristics during a period of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) social isolation. METHODS: An observational study with retrospective data collection, consisting of AR between 26 January and 23 June 2020. RESULTS: There were 16 981 AR consisting of 1983 (11.7%) primary evacuations and 14 998 (88.3%) inter-hospital transfers, with a population median age of 52 years (interquartile range 29.0-69.0), with 49.0% (n = 8283) of the cohort being male and 38.0% (n = 6399) being female. There were six confirmed and 230 suspected cases of COVID-..

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