Acta Scientific Neurology (ASNE) (ISSN: 2582-1121)

Short Communication Volume 4 Issue 12

Impact of Delayed Elective Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Big Problems Require Big Solutions

Óscar Fernando Palomino-Mafla1, Melissa Paola Pinto-Rosado2, Andrea Juliana Bayona-Gamboa3, Diana Karina Mena-Yi4, Juan Pablo Correa-Gallego5 and Md Moshiur Rahman6*

1Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Universidad Cooperativa, Pasto, Colombia
2Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Universidad Del Magdalena, Santa Marta, Colombia
3Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Universidad De Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia
4Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Universidad De Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia
5Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Universidad De La Sabana, Chía, Colombia
6Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery Department, Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh

*Corresponding Author: Md Moshiur Rahman; Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery Department, Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Received: October 08, 2021; Published: November 12, 2021

During the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, surgical sciences were one of the most affected fields in biomedicine globally. The fear of infection, the collapse of health care systems, the redistribution of resources, the increase in costs, the depletion of supplies, and confinement, among other aspects, caused a delay in the management of patients with surgical pathologies requiring immediate or elective care.

Studies conducted in high-income countries showed an average increase of 7 - 9 hours in the management of elective surgeries, and a decrease in the scheduling of elective surgeries of 20% [1]. However, these variations were quickly corrected and patient flow and timely care were restored. When evaluating the patients' perception of this situation, a study carried out in the USA with patients undergoing elective cardiovascular surgery [2] found that these people reported that they would prefer to die of a heart attack rather than from COVID-19, and there was evidence of repercussions on the physical and emotional health of these people, but beliefs played a fundamental role [2]. However, the problem lies not only in the organizational changes made by the institutions that provide health services, but also in the beliefs of the general population and political decisions in the public domain.

Keywords: Clozapine; Risperidone; ECT; Schizophrenia; Resistance to Clozapine


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Citation: Md Moshiur Rahman., et al. “Impact of Delayed Elective Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Big Problems Require Big Solutions”. Acta Scientific Neurology 4.12 (2021): 19-20.


Copyright: © 2021 Md Moshiur Rahman., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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