Resuming hip and knee arthroplasty after COVID-19: ethical implications for wellbeing, safety and the economy

Nanne P. Kort, Luigi Zagra, Enrique Gomez Barrena, Reha N. Tandogan, Martin Thaler, James R. Berstock, Theofilos Karachalios

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Abstract

Reinstating elective hip and knee arthroplasty services presents significant challenges. We need to be honest about the scale of the obstacles ahead and realise that the health challenges and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are potentially devastating. We must also prepare to make difficult ethical decisions about restarting elective hip and knee arthroplasty. These decisions should be based on the existing evidence-base, reliable data, the recommendations of experts, and regional circumstances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-499
Number of pages8
JournalHIP International
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2020

Keywords

  • coronavirus 2
  • Coronavirus disease 2019
  • COVID-19
  • economic
  • ethical challenge
  • healthcare
  • orthopaedic
  • revision arthroplasty
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome
  • total hip arthroplasty
  • total knee arthroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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