Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Trauma Encounters
Riverside Community Hospital
special topics, trauma, trauma acute care, pandemics, sars-cov-2, COVID-19
Surgery | Trauma
OBJECTIVES: The Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic has affected the health care system significantly. We compare 2019 to 2020 to evaluate how trauma encounters has changed during the pandemic.
METHODS: Retrospective analysis using a large US health care system to compare trauma demographics, volumes, mechanisms of injury, and outcomes. Statistical analysis was used to evaluate for significant differences comparing 2019 to 2020.
RESULTS: Data was collected from 88 hospitals across 18 states. 169 892 patients were included in the study. There were 6.3% fewer trauma patient encounters in 2020 compared to 2019. Mechanism of injury was significantly different between 2019 and 2020 with less blunt injuries (89.64% vs. 88.39%,
CONCLUSION: The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected trauma patient demographics, LOS, mechanism of injury, and mortality.
Publisher or Conference
The American Surgeon
Sheets NW, Fawibe OS, Mahmoud A, Chawla-Kondal B, Ayutyanont N, Plurad DS. Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Trauma Encounters. Am Surg. 2021;31348211029858. doi:10.1177/00031348211029858