Global Neurosurgery in the Time of COVID-19
Journal – Neurospine
Publication date – May – 2020
Authors – Kee B Park, Ulrick Sidney Kanmounye, Jean Wilguens Lartigue
Keywords – covid-19, global
Open access – Yes
Speciality – Neurosurgery
World region Global
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on May 20, 2020 at 8:52 am
In this editorial, the term global surgery includes neurosurgical care delivery as an integral component of surgical systems and the broader health systems.
While there are many stories about the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the delivery of surgical care and the clinical management of neurosurgical cases in high-income countries (HICs), less attention has been directed toward the impact of COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Nine-in-ten spine cases are in LMICs, and spine diseases make up 39.0% of operative cases in LMICs. The pandemic will stretch the resources of the already fragile surgical systems in LMICs and thereby worsen the disparities in access to neurosurgical care. As priorities are readjusted and unprecedented resources are made available to battle the new coronavirus, we need to explore the shared interests between global surgery and pandemic response and preparedness.
OSI Number – 20391
PMID – 32408721