Published time: 05 June 2020
Authors: Aaron Baum, Mark D. Schwartz
Keywords: pandemic, health system, treatment, veterans, hospital.
Anecdotal reports suggest hospitalizations, including for emergency conditions and elective procedures, have declined during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.1 Reduced hospitalizations for conditions requiring timely treatment may have significant public health consequences.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the largest health system in the US. The VA has ensured continuously available treatment for emergency conditions and cancelled elective procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.2 This study evaluated changes in the number of admissions to VA hospitals overall and for 6 common emergency conditions during the pandemic.
Admissions to Veterans Affairs Hospitals for Emergency Conditions During the COVID-19 Pandemic