Surgery Department during Coronavirus Disease 2019 Virus Lockdown: Multidepartment Experiences From Universitas Sebelas Maret
Keywords:Coronavirus, Lockdown, Surgery department
BACKGROUND: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has severely affected the provision of health-care services in hospitals around the world, including bringing challenges to those who perform surgical procedures. Multidepartment data analysis will reflect the pandemic’s impact and challenges in managing surgical cases in various surgery departments.
AIM: This study aims to assess the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on surgical cases carried out in eight tertiary care center surgery departments.
METHODS: Retrospective data from all patients in the eight surgery departments of Dr. Moewardi General Hospital, Surakarta, during the lockdown period due to COVID-19 were collected and compared to the period before the lockdown. Then, the data were analyzed regarding the effects of following the standard operating procedure for surgical services in the hospital during the lockdown period.
RESULTS: All the surgery departments involved in the study showed a significant reduction in the number of patients treated during the lockdown period than before the lockdown, with a total number of cases across all departments of 2432, a decrease from 4503 before the lockdown. In surgical patient care, several special measures during the COVID-19 pandemic were carried out in outpatient, intraoperative, and inpatient services to reduce the virus spread to patients and health workers.CONCLUSION: The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the provision of health services in hospitals with a reduction in the number and types of patients in each surgery department, and the obligation to follow hospital protocols against COVID-19 has resulted in various treatments and services being delayed in all surgery departments.
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