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Erschienen in: European Surgery 2/2021

11.12.2020 | original article

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a visceral surgical department in western Austria

verfasst von: Daniel Lechner, Peter Tschann, Paolo C. N. Girotti, Ingmar Königsrainer

Erschienen in: European Surgery | Ausgabe 2/2021

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Summary

Background

The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV‑2 virus has strongly affected the visceral and thoracic surgery department in southern Vorarlberg in Austria, which comprises two locations: the focus hospital in Feldkirch and the regional hospital in Bludenz.

Methods

The complete lockdown lasted 6 weeks (from March 16 to April 26, 2020), after which the hospital in Bludenz started day surgery again and in Feldkirch the capacity was slowly increased. We compared how oncological and acute operations differed during those 6 weeks to the 6 weeks before lockdown.

Results

Our findings show a clear increase in emergency operations for acute cholecystitis (+133%) and acute appendicitis (+157%). While the acute operations increased, some oncological operations decreased, which was especially apparent for oncological colorectal resections (−66%) and oncological lung resections (−43%).

Conclusion

This survey shows that due to the increased catchment area, more acute operations were performed and also demonstrated that we were confronted with more advanced stages of those diseases. Furthermore, cancer operations which rely on short-term peripheral diagnostics decreased considerably.
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Metadaten
Titel
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a visceral surgical department in western Austria
verfasst von
Daniel Lechner
Peter Tschann
Paolo C. N. Girotti
Ingmar Königsrainer
Publikationsdatum
11.12.2020
Verlag
Springer Vienna
Erschienen in
European Surgery / Ausgabe 2/2021
Print ISSN: 1682-8631
Elektronische ISSN: 1682-4016
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10353-020-00683-8