Epidemiology of Paediatric Trauma During National Lockdown: A Retrospective Study With 12 Months of Follow-Up.

Publication date: Oct 01, 2023

Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated preventative measures such as national lockdown dramatically changed the daily activities of children. This paper aims to compare the epidemiology of paediatric orthopaedic trauma presentation, management and outcomes during the school closure period with the matched pre-pandemic period in 2019. Methods This was a retrospective cohort study of data collected from the West Yorkshire Trauma Network, comprising a major trauma centre, Leeds General Infirmary, and five peripheral trauma units. All patients aged 0-18 years who required trauma unit management during the school closure period (18 March 2020-25 May 2020) were included. Cases for the matched period in 2019 were analysed for baseline comparison. Patient demographics, mechanism and anatomical location of injury, management and follow-up were assessed. Results In the 2020 and 2019 cohorts, 286 and 575 injuries were observed, respectively. In the 2020 cohort, we observed a 50. 3% (n=289) fall in paediatric trauma presentation and a significant proportional reduction in referrals from the emergency department (22% (n=63) versus 53% (n=305); p

Concepts Keywords
Daily covid-19
Lockdown epidemiology
Orthopaedic injury
Yorkshire lockdown
paediatric
school closure
trauma

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
disease MESH emergency

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