Effect of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on mortality related to high-risk emergency and major elective surgery.

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These data show large reductions in both elective and emergency activity that are concerning for unmeasured morbidity and mortality within the community. The risk of mortality following high-risk EGS and major elective surgery during the first wave of the pandemic did not differ when compared with date-matched patient cohorts from 2019. The prevalence of concomitant SARS-CoV-2 infection in this surgical population is low.

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Authors: M Deputy, C Rao, G Worley, V Balinskaite, A Bottle, P Aylin, E M Burns, O Faiz