This multicenter study by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds that COVID-19 patients have a significantly high risk for postoperative complications, particularly elderly males.
Of 1,581 patients analyzed, more than half were males over 50 years of age, and most procedures (1,261, 79.8%) were emergent and laparotomies (538, 34.1%).
Postoperative mortality in these patients was 11%, and the pulmonary complication rate was 39.5%.
Independent predictors of mortality include:
Because COVID-19 patients, especially elderly males, have a significantly high risk for postoperative complications, postponing elective surgery and adopting nonoperative management, when reasonable, should be considered during pandemic peaks, the researchers say.Read More >>