Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-37472
Title: The Impact of the First COVID-19 Lockdown Period on the Inpatient and Outpatient Volume of a University Based Tertiary Referral Center with Corneal Subspecialization in Germany
Author(s): Maiassi, Nadir
Xanthopoulou, Kassandra
Löw, Ursula
Seitz, Berthold
Language: English
Title: Clinical Ophthalmology
Volume: 2022
Issue: 16
Pages: 1795-1805
Publisher/Platform: DOVE Medical Press
Year of Publication: 2022
Free key words: COVID-19
DDC notations: 610 Medicine and health
Publikation type: Journal Article
Abstract: Background/Aims: To determine the impact of COVID-19 on the number of in- and outpatients surgical and diagnostic procedures performed at a southwestern German university hospital with corneal subspecialization. Methods: A retrospective examination of the number of inpatients, several outpatients subunits, in- and outpatient surgeries as well as diagnostic procedures at the Department of Ophthalmology, Saarland University Medical Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic “lockdown period” from 18 March until 8 May 2020 in comparison with the corresponding period in 2019 (source: SAP database and electronic patient record FIDUS). Results: The year 2020 showed a significant decrease in the number of inpatient surgeries with a total number of 285 vs 412 in 2019. However, the number of corneal transplantations increased significantly (60 in 2020 vs 54 in 2019, p=0.0089). In the various outpatient units of our department, we observed a significant decrease in the number of consultations (1.711 in 2020 vs 3.194 in 2019), especially for cataract surgery consultations (34 vs 137, p<0.0001). The number of outpatient surgeries was significantly reduced in 2020, especially for cataract surgery (64 vs 216, p=0.007) and intravitreal injections (577 vs 768, p<0.0001). Conclusion: Despite taking all the necessary precautions to ensure that our medical care can continue to be available reliably and completely safe during the “Corona lockdown period”, the number of in- and outpatient surgeries and the number of outpatient consultations decreased significantly. However, the number of corneal transplantations still increased.
DOI of the first publication: 10.2147/OPTH.S335551
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Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291--ds-374723
ISSN: 1177-5467
Date of registration: 30-Sep-2022
Faculty: M - Medizinische Fakultät
Department: M - Augenheilkunde
Professorship: M - Prof. Dr. Berthold Seitz
Collections:SciDok - Der Wissenschaftsserver der Universität des Saarlandes

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