This study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Baltimore, finds that COVID-19 is associated with decreased overall and complication-free survival, primarily in the early postoperative period.
Of 153,741 surgical patients analyzed between March 2020 and 2021, 4,778 COVID-19-positive patients were matched to 14,101 COVID-19-negative patients.
Among the findings:
This is the first report of mid-term postoperative outcomes in COVID-19-positive patients, the researchers say, adding that case urgency has a multiplicative effect on short-term and long-term risks of postoperative mortality and complications. Delaying surgery by 5 weeks or more reduces the risk of complications, they say.Read More >>