COVID-19: Initial experience of an international group of hand surgeons.

Ducournau, F and Arianni, M and Awwad, S and Baur, E-M and Beaulieu, J-Y and Bouloudhnine, M and Caloia, M and Chagar, K and Chen, Z and Chin, A Y and Chow, E C and Cobb, T and David, Y and Delgado, P J and Woon Man Fok, M and French, R and Golubev, I and Haugstvedt, J R and Ichihara, E and Jorquera, R A and Koo, S C J J and Lee, J Y and Lee, Y K and Lee, Y J and Liu, B and Kaleli, T and Mantovani, G R and Mathoulin, C and Messina, J C and Muccioli, C and Nazerani, S and Ng, C Y and Obdeijn, M C and Van Overstraeten, L and Prasetyono, T O H and Ross, M and Shih, J T and Smith, N and Suarez, R F A and Chan, P-T and Tiemdjo, H and Wahegaonkar, A and Wells, M C and Wong, W-Y and Wu, Feiran and Yang, X F and Yanni, D and Yao, J and Liverneaux, P A (2020) COVID-19: Initial experience of an international group of hand surgeons. Hand surgery & rehabilitation. ISSN 2468-1210.

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The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected medical treatment protocols throughout the world. While the pandemic does not affect hand surgeons at first glance, they have a role to play. The purpose of this study was to describe the different measures that have been put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by hand surgeons throughout the world. The survey comprised 47 surgeons working in 34 countries who responded to an online questionnaire. We found that the protocols varied in terms of visitors, health professionals in the operating room, patient waiting areas, wards and emergency rooms. Based on these preliminary findings, an international consensus on hand surgery practices for the current viral pandemic, and future ones, needs to be built rapidly.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WE Musculoskeletal. Orthopaedics
Divisions: Planned IP Care > Trauma and Orthopaedics
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Depositing User: Mr Philip O'Reilly
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2020 13:21
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2020 13:21

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