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Bratislava Medical Journal Vol.121, No.7, p.475–480,2020

Title: Analysis of general surgery outpatient clinic admissions and operations during COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey: Reactions of 12728 patients
Author: S. Ferahman, A. C. Dural, H. Aydin, N. A. Sahbaz, C. Akarsu, K. D. Peker, T. Donmez, M. Karabulut

Abstract: Covid-19 pandemic is spreading rapidly in Turkey. We aimed to examine the numbers and demographic data of patients who applied to the general surgery outpatient clinics and operated in this process. Our primary outcome is to reveal the response of general surgery patients to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The first Covid-19 case in Turkey has appeared in March 11, 2020. Patients who were operated on due to a surgical emergency or trauma were evaluated separately. Patients in 3 periods were compared with each other. A total of 12728 patients were examined in general surgery outpatient clinics in 26 working days.
It is seen that patients come to the outpatient clinic after the first time the Covid-19 patient is seen. All patients reduced hospitalization after the first death due to Covid-19. Women had reduced going to the hospital earlier than men. There was no change in the number of emergency surgeries. Rapid decrease was observed in the number of elective surgeries.
It is not easy to control the entrance and exit of these busy hospitals. The remote diagnosis (mail, phone or video-call) and treatment methods that can be expected in the near future may be even closer with the Corona virus (Tab. 3, Fig. 4, Ref. 15).

Keywords: general surgery, Covid-19, outpatient clinics, operation, reaction of patients
Published online: 25-Jun-2020
Year: 2020, Volume: 121, Issue: 7 Page From: 475, Page To: 480

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