The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Surgical Treatment of Orthopedic Trauma in a Tertiary Hospital in Portugal

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David Ferreira - Corresponding Author

David Gonçalves Ferreira [davidferreira237@gmail.com]
Avenida Professor Egas Moniz, 1649-035 Lisboa, Portugal

Filipe Ramos
Joana Pinheiro
Joaquim Soares do Brito
Samuel Martins
Marco Sarmento

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on orthopedic trauma surgery is not well characterized in the literature. We provided an evaluation of such impact in a tertiary hospital in Portugal.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of the patients admitted for surgical treatment due to acute orthopedic trauma from March to December of 2019 and March to December of 2020.
RESULTS: A total of 794 patients in 2019 and 728 in 2020 were included. Although the mean time to surgery was shorter the hospital stay was longer in 2020. Infected patients had a longer hospital stay and longer time until surgery compared to non-infected. There was no significant difference between the mortality and need for treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU) in both years. There was a significant increase in the number of polytrauma patients treated in our institution in 2020 compared to 2019.
CONCLUSION: Orthopedic trauma surgery was globally influenced by the pandemic. Safe and effective measures should be adopted in the treatment of trauma patients, to reduce the clinical and economic impact.

Keywords: COVID-19; Orthopedic Procedures; SARS-CoV-2; Trauma Centers

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Ferreira D, Ramos F, Pinheiro J, Soares do Brito J, Martins S, Sarmento M. The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Surgical Treatment of Orthopedic Trauma in a Tertiary Hospital in Portugal. Gaz Med [Internet]. 2022 Feb. 14 [cited 2022 Jul. 2];9(1). Available from: https://www.gazetamedica.pt/index.php/gazeta/article/view/515
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