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Against Expectations, Patients Who Isolate Before Surgery 20% More Likely to Develop Post-Operative Lung Complications

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New research published in Anaesthesia (a journal of the Association of Anaesthetists) shows that, against expectations, patients isolating before surgery (mainly to avoid COVID-19 and its complications) are actually at a 20% increased risk of developing post-operative lung complications compared with patients who do not isolate. This goes completely against the current guidance in common use which mandates isolation before surgery.

The study was delivered by the University of Birmingham-led GlobalSurg-COVIDSurg Collaborative: a global collaboration of over 15,000 surgeons working together to collect a range of data on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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