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AimsThe current pandemic caused by COVID-19 is the biggest challenge for national health systems for a century. While most medical resources are allocated to treat COVID-19 patients, several non-COVID-19 medical emergencies still need to be treated, including vertebral fractures and spinal cord compression. The aim of this paper is to report the early experience and an organizational protocol for emergency spinal surgery currently being used in a large metropolitan area by an integrated team of orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons.MethodsAn organizational model is presented based on case centralization in hub hospitals and early management of surgical cases to reduce hospital stay. Data from all the patients admitted for emergency spinal surgery from the beginning of the outbreak were prospectively collected and compared to data from patients admitted for the same reason in the same time …
The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery
Publication date: 
1 Jun 2020

PD Giorgi, F Villa, E Gallazzi, A Debernardi, GR Schirò, FM Crisà, G Talamonti, G D’Aliberti

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Volume: 102 Issue: 6 Pages: 671-676
The bone & joint journal