Journal article

COVID-19 risk in elective surgery during a second wave: a prospective cohort study

Paul S Myles, Sophie Wallace, David A Story, Wendy Brown, Allen C Cheng, Andrew Forbes, Sofia Sidiropoulos, Andrew Davidson, Niki Tan, Andrew Jeffreys, Russell Hodgson, David A Scott, Jade Radnor

ANZ Journal of Surgery | WILEY | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected access to elective surgery, largely because of concerns for patients and healthcare workers. A return to normal surgery workflow depends on the prevalence and transmission of coronavirus in elective surgical patients. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of active SARS-coronavirus-2 infection during a second wave among patients admitted to hospital for elective surgery in Victoria. METHODS: Prospective cohort study across eight hospitals in Victoria during July-August 2020 was conducted enrolling adults and children admitted to hospital for elective surgery or interventional procedure requiring general anaesthesia. Study..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the many nurses, anaesthesiologists and surgeons who cooperated with the study. We thank Dr Adam Jenney and colleagues of the Department of Microbiology at the Alfred Hospital who supported the additional intraoperative nasopharyngeal swab testing. The study was funded by Safer Care Victoria (DHHS) and the Medibank Better Health Foundation. The funders had no role in the design, conduct or interpretation of the study. PSM is funded by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship.