NIHR-funded study shows patients who isolate before surgery are 20% more likely to develop postoperative lung complications

The COVID-19 pandemic has required patients across the globe to isolate prior to surgery to minimise exposure to SARS-CoV-2 infection and its complications.

A new global study from the COVIDSurg collaborative has shown a clear link between isolation of such groups and increased risk of developing post-operative lung complications, compared with patients who do not isolate.

The research team said that the results of the study go against current guidance in common use which mandates isolation before surgery.

The paper can be viewed here.