A new international study with more than 15,000 coauthors from 116 countries concludes that surgical procedures should be delayed for 7 weeks after a patient tests positive for COVID-19, to reduce postoperative mortality risk.
The analysis of 140,231 patients undergoing surgical procedures in 1,674 hospitals in October 2020 found that the adjusted 30-day mortality was:
The findings were consistent across age groups, fitness levels, elective vs emergency surgery, and minor vs major procedures.
There is a backlog of millions of elective surgical procedures that were cancelled early in the COVID-19 pandemic. This study offers evidence to support the safe restarting of surgery in the context of the rapidly increasing number of people who have survived COVID-19, the researchers conclude.Read More >>