March 31, 2021
Patients on the waiting list for elective surgery benefit from a
COVID-19 vaccination prior to their operation. Globally, thousands of
postoperative deaths due to the virus may be prevented.
These conclusions were drawn based on the data from a global study
among more than 140,000 surgical patients. Schelto Kruijff, surgical
oncologist at the UMCG and Jean-Paul de Vries, vascular surgeon and
chair of the department of surgery at the UMCG, coordinated the Dutch
contribution to this study. The results were published in the
scientific journal British Journal of Surgery.
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