New study: risk of death after surgery in Corona-Infected increases significantly

The Coronavirus pandemic has the world firmly in its grip: More than five million people were infected worldwide with the novel pathogen, Sars-CoV-2 – 179.928 of them so far in Germany.

Study: risk of death after surgery in Corona-Infected increases

A Coronavirus infection increases to an international study found the risk of death for patients after an Operation. Prior to plan for interventions should therefore be excluded infection with Sars-CoV-2 as much as possible. The results of the research network CovidSurg Collaborative in the journal "The Lancet" published. Was also part of the University hospital of Tübingen, the informed, in a communication about the investigation.

Therefore, the researchers studied data from 1128 patients from 235 hospitals in 24 countries. These were mainly hospitals in Europe, but also in Africa, Asia, and North America. With the Coronavirus according to the study, significantly worse post-operative results have Infected than patients without the infection. Overall, the mortality – i.e., the mortality was during the first 30 days after surgery, 23.8 percent. The mortality of the Covid-19-patients was increased, according to the study, in all sub-groups, such as in the case of emergency interventions, for smaller OPs, or planned elective surgery.

"Normally, we expect that the mortality rate of patients undergoing elective surgery under one percent liegt", the tübingen co-author of the study, Alfred Königsrainer, Medical Director of the University clinic for General says, visceral and transplantation surgery, according to the memo. "This study shows that the mortality rate in patients infected with the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, is increased in the case of routine operations very much." In this group, reported to be almost 19 percent.

Whether these data on German hospitals transferring, should be investigated further. Among the risk factors for postoperative mortality is also severe pre-existing diseases, such as cancer, major surgery, and emergency operations in addition to age and gender.

The research network CovidSurg Collaborative examined the data according to how the Coronavirus pandemic, the impact on surgical care. On the network, many Thousands of surgeons and researchers from more than 120 countries are involved.

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