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Italian Journal of Emergency Medicine 2022 April;11(1):10-4

DOI: 10.23736/S2532-1285.21.00111-7

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The impact of COVID 19 pandemic on emergency traumatology service: experience from an Italian red zone

Gaetano CARUSO , Antonio CALDARIA, Emilia CALDARI, Pietro PAGETTI, Dario LO RE, Francesca D. STURLA, Leo MASSARI

Department of Neuroscience and Rehabilitation, University Hospital of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to analyze the accesses to the ER at Department of Orthopedic and Traumatology Unit of Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy) during the “phase 1” of the pandemic compared to the same period in 2019.
METHODS: All patients managed in the orthopedic ER of Sant’Anna University Hospital (Ferrara, Italy) from March 8th to May 4th 2019 and 2020 were included in this retrospective study.
RESULTS: Our analysis shows an overall reduction in emergency room access but not a reduction in hospitalizations and femur fractures and a change in the reason for admission and the subsequent demographics of patients admitted.
CONCLUSIONS: The results also highlighted the inappropriate use of emergency rooms in the non-COVID period.

KEY WORDS: Emergency service, hospital; COVID 19; Traumatology; Femoral fractures; Orthopedics

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