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https://doi.org/10.24141/1/7/1/1

Implementation of Specific Neurosurgical Protocol for Urgent Elective and Emergency Patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Croatia: Institutional Experience

Bruno Splavski orcid id orcid.org/0000-0002-4483-9364 ; Klinika za neurokirurgiju KBC „Sestre milosrdnice“, Zagreb, Hrvatska; Zdravstveno veleučilište Zagreb, Zagreb, Hrvatska; Medicinski fakultet, Sveučilište J. J. Strossmayer u Osijeku, Osijek, Hrvatska; Fakultet za dentalnu medicinu i zdravstvo, Sveučilište J. J. Strossmayer u Osijeku, Osijek, Hrvatska
Krešimir Rotim ; Klinika za neurokirurgiju KBC „Sestre milosrdnice“, Zagreb, Hrvatska; Zdravstveno veleučilište Zagreb, Zagreb, Hrvatska; Medicinski fakultet, Sveučilište J. J. Strossmayer u Osijeku, Osijek, Hrvatska
Mia Jurilj ; Klinika za neurokirurgiju KBC „Sestre milosrdnice“, Zagreb, Hrvatska; Zdravstveno veleučilište Zagreb, Zagreb, Hrvatska
Tomislav Sajko ; Klinika za neurokirurgiju KBC „Sestre milosrdnice“, Zagreb, Hrvatska; Zdravstveno veleučilište Zagreb, Zagreb, Hrvatska


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Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic was declared on January 30, 2020. The disease has rapidly disseminated throughout Europe, reaching Croatia from late February onward, representing a great burden to the national health care system. Our institution’s capacity for emergency neurosurgery was adjusted to assure adequate degree of protection for both the patients and medical workforce. Separate COVID-19-free pathways were ensured, while regular operative program has been attuned to the existing epidemiological condition.

Aim: To explain the implementation of neurosurgical protocol for urgent elective and emergency traumatic brain injury patients during the COVID-19 pandemic based on our institutional experience.

Methods: The time of pandemic was divided into 3 separate two-month periods. Patients, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and were not tested for corona virus, were considered COVID positive and were included in the analysis investigating the type and severity of injury, period of hospital admission and surgery, methods of surgery, and outcome.

Results: A series consisted of 16 patients who were tested for COVID-19 at hospital admission, and underwent urgent/emergency surgery before the test results became known. Surgery was performed according to the specifically designed operative COVID-19 protocol. Skull fracture and traumatic intracranial hemorrhage were mainly observed. Moderate injury was recorded less frequently, particularly during the lockdown, and post-lockdown summer. The majority of patients recuperated well, having good recovery.

Conclusion: A specific operative protocol, employment of protective measures, and a separate operating theatre are mandatory for a safe and successful management of traumatic brain injury to evade transmission of the infection.

Ključne riječi

COVID-19, traumatic brain injury, operative protocol, protective measures

Hrčak ID:

251404

URI

https://hrcak.srce.hr/251404

Podaci na drugim jezicima: hrvatski

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