Orthopaedic surgeons' perceptions on COVID-19 related changes in practice: an international survey
Purpose The purpose of this study was to assess the orthopaedic surgeons' perceptions on COVID-19 related changes in their practice.MethodsAn online survey was shared with orthopaedic surgeons practicing in different countries.ResultsThis study showed that orthopaedic surgery plan management was adapted to respond more effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining the continuity of health care and ensuring protection of medical staff and patients. Among the introduced measures,
... d measures, elective surgery was postponed to free-up beds for suspected or COVID-19 positive patients requiring hospitalization. Additionally, the number of outpatient visits was considerably decreased and non-urgent visits were postponed to reduce the flow of patients in and out of hospitals and therefore minimize the risk of contamination. Interestingly, data revealed the willingness of orthopaedic surgeons to take care of COVID-19 positive patients and support their colleagues in intensive care units, if needed.ConclusionsThough, orthopaedic surgeons are not in the frontline, they have an important role to play to face the increasing pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the changes imposed in their current practice, they have a role in providing support to other colleagues in the fight against this global crisis.