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World Neurosurg ; 145: e1-e6, 2021 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-696570

ABSTRACT

In December 2019, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was discovered in Wuhan, Hubei province, from where it spread rapidly worldwide. COVID-19 characteristics (increased infectivity, rapid spread, and general population susceptibility) pose a great challenge to hospitals. Infectious disease, pulmonology, and intensive care units have been strengthened and expanded. All other specialties have been compelled to suspend or reduce clinical and elective surgical activities. The profound effects on spine surgery call for systematic approaches to optimizing the diagnosis and treatment of spinal diseases. Based on the experience of one Italian region, we draw an archetype for assessing the current and predicted level of stress in the health care system, with the aim of enabling hospitals to make better decisions during the pandemic. Further, we provide a framework that may help guide strategies for adapting surgical spine care to the conditions of epidemic surge.


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COVID-19 , General Surgery/statistics & numerical data , Pandemics , Spine/surgery , COVID-19/epidemiology , Decision Making, Organizational , Decision Trees , Delivery of Health Care/statistics & numerical data , Emergency Service, Hospital , Humans , Italy/epidemiology , Spinal Diseases/surgery , Spinal Diseases/therapy , Time-to-Treatment
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