Emergency department utilization by children with general surgical conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic

Br J Surg. 2021 Apr 5;108(3):e105-e106. doi: 10.1093/bjs/znaa096.

Abstract

The authors observed a 36 per cent reduction in emergency department utilization by children with general surgical conditions during the first 2 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. In their institutional experience, timely implementation of operative safety protocols centred around universal preoperative COVID-19 testing, which enabled standard-of-care treatment for common paediatric surgical diseases to be upheld during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • COVID-19* / epidemiology
  • COVID-19* / prevention & control
  • COVID-19* / psychology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / trends*
  • Facilities and Services Utilization / trends*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hospitals, Pediatric / trends*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Pandemics
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Quebec / epidemiology
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / trends*