To compare orthopaedic trauma volume and mechanism of injury prior to and during statewide social distancing and stay-at-home directives.
Level 1 trauma center.
Patients/Participants: One thousand one hundred thirteen patients sustaining orthopaedic trauma injuries between March 17 and April 30 of years 2018, 2019, and 2020.
Consultation for orthopaedic trauma injuries at a level 1 trauma center.
Main Outcome Measurements:
Number of consults, mechanism of injury frequency, type of injury frequency.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, orthopaedic trauma consult number decreased. Injuries due to gunshot wounds increased and those due to automobile versus pedestrian accidents decreased. Time-to-presentation increased and length of stay decreased. Operative consults remained unchanged.
Orthopaedic trauma injuries continued to occur during the COVID-19 pandemic at an overall decreased rate, however, with a different distribution in mechanism and type of injury.
Level of Evidence:
Level III. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.