In December 2019, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was discovered in Wuhan, Hubei province, from where it spread rapidly across the globe. COVID-19 characteristics – elevated infectivity, rapid spread, and general population susceptibility – pose a great challenge to hospitals. Infectious disease, pulmonology, and intensive care units have been strengthened and expanded. All other specialties have been compelled to suspend or reduce clinical and elective surgical activities. The profound effects on spine surgery call for systematic approaches to optimizing the diagnosis and treatment of spinal diseases. Here, based on the experience of one Italian region, we draw an archetype for assessing the current and predicted level of stress in the health care system, with the aim of enabling hospitals to make better decisions during the pandemic. Further, we provide a framework that may help guide strategies for adapting surgical spine care to the conditions of epidemic surge.

Spine surgery in Italy in the COVID-19 era: Proposal for assessing and responding to the regional state of emergency / Rispoli, R.; Diamond, M. E.; Balsano, M.; Cappelletto, B.. - In: WORLD NEUROSURGERY. - ISSN 1878-8750. - 145:(2021), pp. 1-6. [10.1016/j.wneu.2020.08.001]

Spine surgery in Italy in the COVID-19 era: Proposal for assessing and responding to the regional state of emergency

Diamond, M. E.;
2021-01-01

Abstract

In December 2019, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was discovered in Wuhan, Hubei province, from where it spread rapidly across the globe. COVID-19 characteristics – elevated infectivity, rapid spread, and general population susceptibility – pose a great challenge to hospitals. Infectious disease, pulmonology, and intensive care units have been strengthened and expanded. All other specialties have been compelled to suspend or reduce clinical and elective surgical activities. The profound effects on spine surgery call for systematic approaches to optimizing the diagnosis and treatment of spinal diseases. Here, based on the experience of one Italian region, we draw an archetype for assessing the current and predicted level of stress in the health care system, with the aim of enabling hospitals to make better decisions during the pandemic. Further, we provide a framework that may help guide strategies for adapting surgical spine care to the conditions of epidemic surge.
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Rispoli, R.; Diamond, M. E.; Balsano, M.; Cappelletto, B.
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