Evidence-based Risk Stratification for Sport Medicine Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Global research & reviews
Orthopaedic practices have been markedly affected by the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the ban on elective procedures, it is impossible to define the medical urgency of a case solely on whether a case is on an elective surgery schedule. Orthopaedic surgical procedures should consider COVID-19-associated risks and an assimilation of all available disease dependent, disease independent, and logistical information that is tailored to each patient, institution, and region. Using an evidence-based risk stratification of clinical urgency, we provide a framework for prioritization of orthopaedic sport medicine procedures that encompasses such factors. This can be used to facilitate the risk-benefit assessment of the timing and setting of a procedure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hinckel BB, Baumann CA, Ejnisman L, Cavinatto LM, Martusiewicz A, Tanaka MJ, Tompkins M, Sherman SL, Chahla JA, Frank R, Yamamoto GL, Bicos J, Arendt L, Fithian D, Farr J. Evidence-based Risk Stratification for Sport Medicine Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2020 Oct 1;4(10):e20.00083. doi: 10.5435/JAAOSGlobal-D-20-00083. PMID: 33986224; PMCID: PMC7537824.