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COVID-19 is causing a backlog of elective surgeries

Our July survey of 25 large US hospital systems—representing a quarter of the country’s hospital beds—showed large decreases in surgeries this year as compared with 2019. The trend is expected to continue at least through the end of 2020.

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To read the article, see “Cutting through the COVID-19 surgical backlog,” October 2, 2020.