La tunisie Medicale - 2021 ; Vol 99 ( n°06 ) : 601-606
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Objective: Measure the effect of the strategy to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, based on containment, on the practice of orthopedic and trauma surgery in Tunisia.
Methods: This is a comparative study, concerning the impact of Covid-19 on the flow of patients, operated in orthopedic surgery and trauma departments, during the containment period from March 12, 2020 to April 30, 2020, comparing it to the same period of the year 2019, in the Central-East region of Tunisia (Kairouan, Sousse, Mahdia, Monastir).
Results: A significant decrease of 27% in the flow of patients admitted to orthopedic surgery departments in central-eastern Tunisia, during the 2020 containment period, compared to the same period of the previous year was documented. This decrease was generally widespread, notified in three orthopedic departments: Sousse (39%; p<10-3), Monastir (29%; p<10-3) and Mahdia (27%; p<10-3). It focused on the following three groups: infections (45%; p<10-3), wounds (30%; p<10-2), and fractures (20%; p<10-3).
Conclusion: The collateral effects of the strategy to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, are "obvious" in orthopedic surgical practice. A health crisis management plan (including disasters and pandemics) should be better prepared in orthopedic surgery departments.

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