Impact of COVID-19 on hand surgery in Italy: A comparison between the Northern and the Southern regions

Francesca Toia, Adriana Cordova, Mario Cherubino, Lazzerini, Catena, Carlo Melloni, Maruccia, Galvano, Spata, Abate, Bruno, Giuca, Avarotti, Gullo, Casamichele, Cannavò F, Marcoccio, Internullo, Risitano, Pierluigi TosPajardi, Bruno Battiston, Coppolino, Colonna, Marco Romeo

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Abstract

The aims of this study were to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on emergency and elective hand surgery in four Italian regions that had either a high (Lombardy and Piemonte) or a low (Sicilia and Puglia) COVID-19 case load to discuss problems and to elaborate strategies to improve treatment pathways. A panel of hand surgeons from these different regions compared and discussed data from the centers they work in. The COVID-19 pandemic had an enormous impact on both elective and emergency surgery in Italy, not only in highly affected regions but also – and paradoxically even at a higher extent – in regions with a low COVID-19 case load. A durable and flexible redesign of hand surgery activities should be promoted, while changing and hopefully increasing human resources and enhancing administrative support. Telematics must also be implemented, especially for delivering rehabilitation therapy.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine6
RivistaHAND SURGERY & REHABILITATION
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation

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