Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2020; 24 (13): 7519-7523

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202007_21926

The impact of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on Oncologic and Degenerative Spine Surgery Department activity: the experience of Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute under COVID-19 lockdown

R. Ghermandi, V. Pipola, S. Terzi, G. Tedesco, C. Cavallari, S. Bandiera, G. Barbanti Bròdano, G. Evangelisti, M. Girolami, A. Gasbarrini

Department of Oncologic and Degenerative Spine Surgery (CVOD), IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna, Italy. alessandro.gasbarrini@ior.it


OBJECTIVE: Experience of Department of Oncologic and Degenerative Spine Surgery of Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute during SARS-CoV-2 pandemic lockdown.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective observational study of surgically treated patients from 09th March 2020 to 04th May 2020. Data collected: age, sex, type of disease, neurological status, days of hospitalization, complications and type of discharge. A comparison analysis with same period of the last year was performed in order to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 spreading on daily surgical activity.

RESULTS: A total of 107 surgical procedures in 102 patients were performed from 09th March 2020 to 04th May 2020. Analysis showed a statistically significant difference in age, sex, ASIA class and type of treated disease compared to the same period of the last year (p=0.042, 0.006, 0.022 and 0.007, respectively). No statistically significant differences were observed in type of discharge, length of hospitalization and complications (p= 0.447, 0.261 and 0.127, respectively). 3 COVID-19 infections have been identified in hospitalized patients. 1 COVID-19 patient wad admitted from Emergency Department and was managed according to a dedicated path.

CONCLUSIONS: Surgical activity was paradoxically increased during SARS-CoV-2 pandemic lockdown through the management of urgent and non-deferrable spinal disease with a low rate (3,9%) of COVID-19 infections.

 

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R. Ghermandi, V. Pipola, S. Terzi, G. Tedesco, C. Cavallari, S. Bandiera, G. Barbanti Bròdano, G. Evangelisti, M. Girolami, A. Gasbarrini
The impact of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on Oncologic and Degenerative Spine Surgery Department activity: the experience of Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute under COVID-19 lockdown

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2020
Vol. 24 - N. 13
Pages: 7519-7523
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202007_21926