Changes in trends during the COVID-19 lockdown: An urban, Level-1 trauma center's experience

Camaleigh A. Jaber*, Chih Yuan Fu, Francesca E. Bryan, Frederic L. Starr, Matthew J. Kaminsky, Leah C. Tatebe, Victoria L. Schlanser, Faran Bokhari

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Background: A community lockdown has a profound impact on its citizens. Our objective was to identify changes in trauma patient demographics, volume, and pattern of injury following the COVID-19 lockdown. Methods: A retrospective review was conducted at a Level-1 Trauma Center from 2017 to 2020. Results: A downward trend in volume is seen December–April in 2020 (R2 = 0.9907). February through April showed an upward trend in 2018 and 2019 (R2= 0.80 and R2 = 0.90 respectively), but a downward trend in 2020 (R2 = 0.97). In April 2020, there was 41.6% decrease in total volume, a 47.4% decrease in blunt injury and no decrease in penetrating injury. In contrast to previous months, in April the majority of injuries occurred in home zip codes. Conclusions: A community lockdown decreased the number of blunt trauma, however despite social distancing, did not decrease penetrating injury. Injuries were more likely to occur in home zip codes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)832-841
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2021


  • COVID-19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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