Centre for Evidence Based Hand Surgery

Corona Hands Study


The Corona Hands Study, in which the CEBHS was a collaborator, has now been published:

Mortality and pulmonary complications in patients undergoing upper extremity surgery at the peak of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in the UK: a national cohort study.
Dean BJF; Corona Hands Collaborative.
BMJ Qual Saf. 2020 Oct 9:bmjqs-2020-012156. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2020-012156. Online ahead of print.

This study reports the 30-day mortality, SARS-CoV-2 complication rate and SARS-CoV-2-related hospital processes at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic in patients undergoing surgery below the elbow in the UK .

Key conclusions were:

  • Low rate of SARS-CoV-2 complications
  • Zero mortality if admitted on day of surgery
  • Do not delay urgent surgery pending SARS-CoV-2 test results

There is more information on this video:


Posted on Monday 12th October 2020

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