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Death following pulmonary complications of surgery before and during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

KA McLean, SK Kamarajah, D Chaudhry, RR Gujjuri, K Raubenheimer, I Trout, E AlAmeer, B Creagh-Brown, EM Harrison, D Nepogodiev, AC Roslani, E Li, F Pata, A Ramos-De La Medina, GH van Ramshorst, R Sayyed, J Simoes, da Costa A Valente, N Smart, A Bhangu Show all



BACKGROUND: This study aimed to determine the impact of pulmonary complications on death after surgery both before and during the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. METHODS: This was a patient-level, comparative analysis of two, international prospective cohort studies: one before the pandemic (January-October 2019) and the second during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (local emergence of COVID-19 up to 19 April 2020). Both included patients undergoing elective resection of an intra-abdominal cancer with curative intent across five surgical oncology disciplines. Patient selection and rates of 30-day postoperative pulmonary complications were compared. The primary ..

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Awarded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Unit from the UK Government

Funding Acknowledgements

This report was funded through support from the BJS Society (STARSurg Collaborative), and a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Unit Grant (NIHR 16.136.79) using UK aid from the UK Government to support global health research; Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland; Bowel & Cancer Research; Bowel Disease Research Foundation; Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons; British Association of Surgical Oncology; British Gynaecological Cancer Society; European Society of Coloproctology; NIHR Academy; Sarcoma UK; The Urology Foundation; Vascular Society for Great Britain and Ireland; Yorkshire Cancer Research. The funders had no role in the study design, data collection, analysis and interpretation, or writing of this report. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the National Health Service, the NIHR, the BJS Society, or the UK Department of Health and Social Care.