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Major consequences for hip arthroplasty services in Europe during the COVID-19 : Pandemic results of an online survey of members of the European Hip Society

Published in N°013 - September / October 2021
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Major consequences for hip arthroplasty services in Europe during the COVID-19 : Pandemic results of an online survey of members of the European Hip Society

By Martin Thaler (1), Ismail Khosravi (1), Jean-Alain Epinette (2), Luigi Zagra (3) in category TRIBUNE
(1) Service de chirurgie orthopédique, Université de médecine d'Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Autriche - (2) Centre de recherche et de documentation sur l'arthroplastie, Houdain, France - (3) Service de la hanche, IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Milan, Italie

In December 2019, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) broke out in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in China. The cause of the disease was a highly contagious novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that rapidly spread around the world and in March 2020 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Introduction

In December 2019, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) broke out in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in China. The cause of the disease was a highly contagious novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that rapidly spread around the world and in March 2020 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). The novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), generating high numbers of COVID-19 related infected individuals and deaths in society. The first wave hit Europe between February 2020 and June 2020. During this period, a significant reallocation of health care resources with the focus on the management of COVID 19 patients was carried out in most European countries. Orthopaedic practice could not remain unaffected under these unforeseen circumstances. During the pandemic clinicians of every discipline have been forced to modify patient care, to minimise exposure for patients and health care workers.

The EHS, consisting of 510 members (328 of them are full members), was founded in 1992, and its aim is “to provide a forum for the discussion of research, advances in clinical practice and the results of predominantly surgical procedures of all types relating to the hip...

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