J Pediatr Orthop 2021 Jun 17. Epub 2021 Jun 17.
Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Children's Hospital, Sheffield, UK.
Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant changes to normal practice in pediatric outpatient orthopaedics, with the instigation of telephone fracture clinic appointments, and the use of self-removable casting. We aim to determine any beneficial or detrimental short-term effects of these changes.
Methods: All patients referred to fracture clinic from the emergency department during the period March 24, 2020 to May 10, 2020 (national lockdown) were assessed for number of face to face and telephone appointments, number of radiographs performed, time to discharge, use of a removable cast, any cast complications, other complications, reattendance or re-referral after discharge. Read More