COVID-19 Impact

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Journal Article

Are you surgically current? Lessons from aviation for returning to non-urgent surgery following COVID-19.

Hardie JA, Brennan PA. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2020;Epub Jun 19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to hospitals delaying or cancelling many elective and non-urgent surgeries. Drawing from aviation, article explores the impact of prolonged absences from the operating room on surgical technical skills and psyche, and introduces a Surgical Skills Currency Barometer, which can be used by surgeons to assess their personal surgical competency when planning to return to non-urgent surgery.