COVID-19 patients who undergo surgery are at increased risk of postoperative death – global study

Patients admitted to hospital for surgical procedures after contracting COVID-19 are at a greatly increased risk of postoperative death, compared to patients undergoing surgery who do not have SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Research conducted through the COVIDSurg collaborative has provided evidence that shows the impact that COVID-19 is having on patients who undergo surgical procedures across the world.

Data collected for 1,128 patients from 235 hospitals, located across 24 countries has resulted in the collective recommending that thresholds for surgery during the pandemic are raised compared to normal practice.

The full paper can be read here.