Our findings from this multicenter Canadian cohort study suggest that COVID-19 patients undergoing a surgery have a relatively high postoperative mortality. Our results also suggest that the pandemic had important effects on the overall conduct of surgical care despite limited utilization of surgical resources by COVID-19 patients.
SARS-CoV-2: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus type 2; COVID-19: Coronavirus Disease 2019; ICU: Intensive care unit; PCR: Polymerase Chain Reaction; SOFA: Sequential Organ Failure Assessment; KDIGO-AKI: Kidney Diseases Improving Global Outcomes Acute Kidney Injury
We would like to thank the anesthesiologists of each centre who helped collect data, as well as students and research assistants who actively participated in activation of the study and data collection.
This work was financially supported by the Fonds de développement du département d'anesthésiologie et de médecine de la douleur de l'Université de Montréal and by the Fondation d'Anesthésie-Réanimation du Québec. Dr. Carrier and Dr. D'Aragon are recipients of a career research award from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS). Dr. Turgeon is the chairholder of the Canada Research Chair in Critical Care Neurology and Trauma.
Availability of data and materials
The datasets generated and analyzed during the current study are not publicly available due to legal restrictions but are available from the corresponding author on reasonable written request and local REB approval. The Province of Quebec does not allow public patient data sharing. The dataset is held on a secured server at the CHUM Research Center.
This study was centrally approved by the "Research Ethics Board (REB) of the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal" (#19.386) that waived the need for informed consent. The study was subsequently approved by all local REB from each institution. All methods were carried out in accordance with relevant guidelines and regulations.
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