Why This Penn Surgeon Is Worried About Appendectomies and Shootings During the Coronavirus Crisis

PISC Past Trainee Elinore Kaufman, MD, participated in a Q&A with Philly Mag to discuss her recent op-ed published in the New York Times. Kaufman answered questions about her work, gun violence, and the impacts of coronavirus.

One thing she comments on is how her job has changed due to this pandemic, "The most striking thing right now in the ICU is the absence of families. It may not always feel this way when you are visiting an ICU, but we really pay a lot of attention to keeping family members at the bedside when we can. But that’s all out the window right now. The rules are really, really strict."

Kaufman mentions she is seeing less things like appendectomies than she should. There is concern that people are scared to come to the hospital for things like that. The violent injury rate however is not slowing and that is becoming a greater proportion of what she deals with.

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