EFORT and the COVID-19 Pandemic


EFORT aims is to promote the exchange of scientific knowledge and experience in the field of prevention and both the conservative and surgical treatment of diseases and injuries concerning the musculo-skeletal system. To this end, particular emphasis is placed upon activities focusing on education and research.

The EFORT Board always consider the safety & health as an absolute priority. With your support we believe more than ever that our community will maintain its professional development and sustain solidarity through this and any crisis. We would also like to express our solidarity with all those affected by this pandemic and with all scientific organisations committed to delivering healthcare-related events aiming to promote health, research and the well-being of our patients.

Help us improve patient safety and safety of medical staff by taking part in the survey on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)*
*This is an anonymous baseline survey, no personalised data to be shared


Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeons are used to working with aerosol generating operating tools. The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the awareness of the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) not only for protecting orthopaedic patients from infections but also staff and surgeon safety. Recent studies have shown that PPE may cause ergonomical stress, impaired communication and also compromise surgical performance. Modifications of PPE have also been reported, which could have implications for the upcoming Medical Device Regulation (MDR) to be launched in 2021.

In order to expand the knowledge and experiences of how orthopaedic and trauma surgeons perceive PPE in their practice an anonymous baseline survey has been compiled and calibrated with the board of the European Federation of National Societies of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT).

We welcome everyone interested in the topic wanting to contribute to improving the safety of both patients and medical staff to complete the survey

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