Effect of Statewide Social Distancing and Stay-At-Home Directives on Orthopaedic Trauma at a Southwestern Level 1 Trauma Center During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
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Objectives: To compare orthopaedic trauma volume and mechanism of injury before and during statewide social distancing and stay-at-home directives. Design: Retrospective. Setting: Level 1 trauma center. Patients/Participants: One thousand one hundred thirteen patients sustaining orthopaedic trauma injuries between March 17 and April 30 of years 2018, 2019, and 2020. Intervention: Statewide social distancing and stay-at-home directives. Main Outcome Measurements: Number of consults, mechanism of injury frequency, and type of injury frequency. Results: During the COVID-19 pandemic, orthopaedic trauma consult number decreased. Injuries due to gunshot wounds increased and those due to automobile versus pedestrian accidents decreased. Time-to-presentation increased and length of stay decreased. Operative consults remained unchanged. Conclusions: Orthopaedic trauma injuries continued to occur during the COVID-19 pandemic at an overall decreased rate, however, with a different distribution in mechanism and type of injury.
Social distancing; Stay-At-Home; COVID-19; Orthopaedic trauma
Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences | Orthopedics
Lubbe, R. J.,
Roehr, C. A.,
Nelson, K. E.,
Kubiak, E. N.
Effect of Statewide Social Distancing and Stay-At-Home Directives on Orthopaedic Trauma at a Southwestern Level 1 Trauma Center During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 34(9),