Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Epidemiology of Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy Procedures in a University Hospital Department in Poland [post]

Krystian Kazubski, Łukasz Tomczyk, Piotr Morasiewicz
2021 unpublished
Background: The purpose of our study was to comprehensively assess the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on knee and shoulder arthroscopies performed in an orthopedic department of a university hospital in Poland.Methods: This study compared the data on shoulder and knee arthroscopy procedures performed in two different periods: the period of the COVID-19 pandemic in Poland (from March 4, 2020 to October 15, 2020) and the corresponding period prior to the pandemic (March 4, 2019–October 15,
more » ... 9–October 15, 2019). The study evaluated epidemiological data, demographic data, and hospital stay duration.Results: The total number of arthroscopy procedures conducted in the evaluated period in 2020was approximately 8.6% higher than that in the corresponding 2019 period.The mean duration of hospital stay for orthopedic patients after their knee or shoulder arthroscopy was 3.1 days in 2020 and 2.8 days in 2019. Our study revealed the mean age of arthroscopy patients during the pandemic to be lower at 48.4 years than the 51.2 years recorded in 2019.The male-to-female ratio was shown to be lower at 0.85 during the pandemic, having decreased from 1.5 in 2019Conclusions: The COVID-19 pandemic did not reduce the number of arthroscopies performed at our center and the mean age of the patients did not change. However, the pandemic had a marked effect on the mean duration of hospital stay and male-to-female ratio.
doi:10.21203/rs.3.rs-146656/v1 fatcat:xuzv6fclr5hrrlrc2bcsotsxxa