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Effect of coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic on case volume, spectrum, and perioperative coronavirus disease 2019 incidence in neurosurgical patients: An experience at a tertiary care center in India.
Sharma, Anil Kumar; Gandhoke, Charandeep Singh; Nayak, Nitish.
  • Sharma AK; Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India.
  • Gandhoke CS; Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India.
  • Nayak N; Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India.
Surg Neurol Int ; 11: 390, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-931778
ABSTRACT

Background:

The volume and spectrum of neurosurgical procedures being performed during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic have significantly changed as compared to the pre-COVID-19 period. The objective of this study is to examine this change and draw useful conclusions.

Methods:

We collected data retrospectively of all patients who attended outpatient clinics and who were operated at our institute under the department of neurosurgery from October 23, 2019, to August 23, 2020. These data were then divided into two groups (pre-COVID period and during the COVID pandemic) and compared.

Results:

Out of the 388 surgeries performed, 284 surgeries were performed during the pre-COVID period, and 104 surgeries were performed during the COVID pandemic. During this ongoing COVID pandemic, the total number of surgeries performed by the department of neurosurgery decreased significantly by 63.38%, the proportion of routine surgeries performed decreased from 50.35% to 19.23% and the proportion of minor cases increased from 19.72% to 30.77%. The Outpatient Clinic Workflow decreased by 72.3% as compared to the pre-COVID period, and the perioperative COVID-19 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction positive incidence in our neurosurgical patients was 11.71%.

Conclusion:

This paper highlights the drastic reduction in the operative workflow and the outpatient clinic workflow during the ongoing corona pandemic which will have significant collateral damages in the long run. We will have to strike the right balance between providing our patients with the best medical treatment while limiting the spread of the COVID-19 infection.

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type: Article Language: English Journal: Surg Neurol Int Year: 2020