Hospital trauma admissions saw ‘rebound’ after short-lived drop during high Covid alert levels
A Covid-induced drop in injuries serious enough to send people to hospital didn’t last long, a study shows.
There were almost 40 per cent fewer trauma cases admitted to hospital in the Waikato and its surrounds during lockdown, a Midland Trauma System study by Waikato DHB staffers found.
But there was an Alert Level 2 “rebound” when people were allowed out and about, said the study, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal.
Should restrictions return in future, hospitals need to have a “potential resource squeeze” on their radar, the authors warn.
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Stuff: Libby Wilson – March 26, 2021