2020, Number 2
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ABSTRACTIntroduction: At first glance, the COVID-19 epidemic and the field of Orthopedics and Traumatology appear to be disparate. Although orthopedists are not considered front-line personnel in the attack on the pandemic, the role of the surgeon as part of the health care ecosystem is crucial. Our specialty, due to its extraordinary scope, affects all ages and in all magnitudes directly affecting the functionality and quality of life of the patient. Therefore, a posture for trauma care is to be executed in order to improve the safety of the doctor and patient. Results: An essential guide to the management of our patients with musculoskeletal trauma could focus on 3 points. Protection: having personal protective equipment (PPE) according to the risk of each case and the type of contact. Avoid contagion and/or dissemination: contact with the patient, emergency care and scheduling of elective or deferrable surgery. Restrict: medical visits, visitors and relatives during hospitalization and direct care, patient flow and conglomerations. Use of electronic means for medical monitoring. Conclusions: The current literature sets clear guidelines for our actions in the face of this type of pandemic to avoid more infections and as a legal safeguard, although its level of evidence is low and the problems or costs that this may generate in the future are ignored. Life must be safeguarded over function. We must avoid making the mistakes that other countries made of underestimating the COVID-19 outbreak.
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