Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content
- 28 million elective surgeries across the globe may be cancelled during 12 weeks of peak disruption during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Study indicates that each extra week of disruption is associated with 2.4 million cancellations.
- 38% of global cancer surgery has been postponed or cancelled.
- Backlog could take 45 weeks to clear.
COVID-19’s long-lasting impact on our health could include more than 28 million cancelled or postponed operations, creating a backlog that will take the best part of a year to clear. And the number could be even worse if lockdowns continue for longer, according to a new study.
Using data from surgeons in 359 hospitals across 71 countries, CovidSurg Collaborative researchers, including those from the University of Birmingham, created a statistical model…
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