The management of orthopedic trauma surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey


Orthopaedic trauma; Covid-19; hospitalization period.

Published online: Aug 23 2022

Ortac Guran, Ramadan Ozmanevra, Mehmet Kuyumcu, Abdulaziz Cakmakci, Tayfun Aman

SBU Sancaktepe Training and Research Hospital, Orthopaedics and Traumatology, ?stanbul, Turkey


COVID-19 has now alarmed the whole world, putting many countries’ health systems in trouble. We aimed to evaluate the affect of the new treatment strategy that shortens hospital stay in orthopedic trauma patients in pandemic.Trauma patients who underwent surgical treatment between March 15th-May 1st 2019 and 2020 were examined about time interval from admission to surgery, period from surgery to discharge and total hospital stay time. This cohort was compared to a retrospective cohort of patients admitted for the same reasons in the same period of the previous year. During COVID pandemia, 51 trauma patients operated with the mean period from admission to operation 1.45 days, faster than the previous year’s same period (3.76 days). From operation day to discharge time was 1.6 days in pandemic period and 4.3 days last year. The total hospitalization period (3,05 days) was significantly shorter in pandemic than the same period of the last year (8,06 days). (p<0.05). No complications and mortality were observed in any of our patients with faster trauma treatment strategy in pandemic. The operation of orthopedic trauma patients requiring surgery during a pandemic in a shorter time than normal time will not increase the complication and mortality, but will also help to use the bed more effectively by reducing the hospital stay.