BOAST - Management of patients with urgent orthopaedic conditions and trauma during the coronavirus pandemic

21 Apr 2020

It is acknowledged that, during the coronavirus pandemic, surgeons and patients will have difficult choices to make about management options for a wide variety of injuries and urgent conditions. They will need to balance optimum treatment of a patient’s injury or condition against clinical safety and resources. The BOA supports reasoned pragmatic decision-making in these extraordinary circumstances and acknowledges that non-operative management of many injuries and reduced face to face follow up will be increasingly the norm.

The BOA Trauma Committee has created the below guidance to help members with these difficult management choices. This guidance forms part of a suite of documents that should not be read in isolation. To read other documents and updated posts by the BOA regarding coronavirus, see here

This guidance was updated on 21 April 2020 and includes the follow sub-sections: 

  • General management considerations for all units and subspecialties. 
  • Management of patients with traumatic injuries and urgent orthopaedic conditions treated as outpatients during the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Management of patients with traumatic injuries and urgent orthopaedic conditions requiring inpatient care during the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Management of patients with hand injuries during the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Management of children with orthopaedic trauma during the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Management of children with non-traumatic orthopaedic conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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