How COVID-19 affected 10 procedures

Strata Decision Technology used its National Patient and Procedure Volume Tracker to examine how the COVID-19 pandemic affected procedure volume for 28 specialties.

Researchers analyzed 2 million patient visits from 228 hospitals in 40 states over a two-week period in March and April in both 2019 and 2020.

These seven procedures all experienced volume losses:

Primary knee replacement: -99 percent
Lumbar/thoracic spinal fusion: -81 percent
Primary hip replacement: -79 percent
Diagnostic catheterization: -65 percent
Diagnostics: -60 percent
Percutaneous coronary intervention: -44 percent
Fracture repair: -38 percent

These three procedures experienced slight volume gains:

Baby deliveries: 1 percent
C-section: 2 percent
Mechanical ventilation: 24 percent

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