It looks like the healthcare business has worst hit due to COVID-19 pandemic. As per a study conducted by an international consortium, more than 580,000 planned surgeries in India might be cancelled or delayed due to coronavirus crisis.
The study, led by members based in the UK, Benin, Ghana, India, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Rwanda, Spain, South Africa and the US, has been published in the British Journal of Surgery, as per a PTI report.
On the basis of a 12-week period of peak disruption to hospital services due to COVID-19, the study estimates around 28.4 million elective surgeries worldwide will be cancelled or postponed in 2020.
This will lead to patients facing a lengthy wait for their health issues to be resolved, according to the research conducted by the CovidSurg Collaborative, a research network of over 5,000 surgeons from 120 countries focused on the impact of COVID-19 on surgical care, the report said.
The modelling study indicates that each additional week of disruption to hospital services will be associated with a further 2.4 million cancellations.
The researchers, including those from the University of Birmingham in the UK, collected detailed information from surgeons across 359 hospitals and 71 countries on plans for cancellation of elective surgery.
This data was then statistically modelled to estimate totals for cancelled surgery across 190 countries.
“During the COVID-19 pandemics elective surgeries have been cancelled to reduce the risk of patients being exposed to COVID-19 in hospital, and to support the wider hospital response, for example by converting operating theatres in to intensive care units,” said Aneel Bhangu, from the University of Birmingham.
“Although essential, cancellations place a heavy burden on patients and society. Patients’ conditions may deteriorate, worsening their quality of life as they wait for rescheduled surgery. In some cases, for example cancer, delayed surgeries may lead to a number of unnecessary deaths,” said Bhangu.