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dc.contributor.authorDevarakonda, Aditya K.
dc.contributor.authorWehrle, Chase J.
dc.contributor.authorChibane, Fairouz L.
dc.contributor.authorDrevets, Peter D.
dc.contributor.authorFox, Elizabeth D.
dc.contributor.authorLawson, Andrew G.
dc.date.accessioned2022-03-10T14:18:18Z
dc.date.available2022-03-10T14:18:18Z
dc.date.issued2020-11-24
dc.identifier.issn0003-1348
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0003134820973715
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/624261
dc.description.abstractBackground: Over 28 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported to date, resulting in over 900 000 deaths. With an increase in awareness regarding the virus, the behavior of general population has changed dramatically. As activities such as driving and hospital presentation patterns have changed, our study aimed to assess the differences in trauma case variables before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Trauma data for the period of March 1st-June 15th were compared for the years 2015-2019 (pre-COVID) and 2020 (COVID). The data were analyzed across the following categories: injury severity score, injury mechanism, motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) vs. other blunt injuries, alcohol involvement, and length of hospital stay. Results: The median injury severity score pre-COVID and during COVID was 9, representing no change. There was no difference in overall distribution of mechanism of injury; however, there was a significant decrease in the percentage of MVCs pre-COVID (36.39%) vs. COVID (29.6%, P < .05). Alcohol was significantly more likely to be involved in trauma during COVID-19 (P < .05). The mean hospital stay increased from 3.87-5.4 days during COVID-19 (P < .05). Discussion: We saw similar results to prior studies in terms of there being no change in trauma severity. Our observation that motor vehicle collisions have decreased is consistent with current data showing decreased use of motor vehicles during the pandemic. We also observed an increase in alcohol-related cases which are consistent with the reported changes in alcohol consumption since the pandemic began.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_US
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectGeneral Medicineen_US
dc.titleThe Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Trauma Presentations in a Level One Trauma Centeren_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn1555-9823
dc.identifier.pii10.1177/0003134820973715
dc.source.journaltitleThe American Surgeon
dc.source.volume87
dc.source.issue5
dc.source.beginpage686
dc.source.endpage689
refterms.dateFOA2022-03-10T14:18:18Z


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