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Trauma and orthopaedic surgery response at the world’s largest sporting event: an analysis of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

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submitted on 2023-07-05, 10:27 and posted on 2023-07-05, 12:06 authored by Loay A. Salman, Osama Z. Alzobi, Ashraf T. Hatnouly, Yaman Al Haneedi, Maamoun Abousamhadaneh, Shamsi Hameed, Mohamed Al Ateeq Al Dosari, Ghalib Ahmed

Purpose The purpose of this study is to analyse the impact of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on the Orthopaedic Surgery department at Hamad Medical Corporation and its response to the challenges posed by the world’s largest sporting event. Methods A retrospective analysis was conducted on the epidemiology, crisis management plan, and training program adaptations at the Orthopaedic Surgery department during the World Cup. Descriptive analysis of the number and types of surgeries performed, patient demographics, and the disaster preparedness plan were performed. Results During the tournament period (November–December 2022), 706 patients (4.22% football fans) were operated on, with an average age of 44±17 years. Most patients were males, 67%. Of the 706 patients, 60.33% were emergency cases, 38.24% were elective, 1.27% were limb-saving, and one life-saving procedure was performed, comparable to pre-tournament numbers. The patients were of 77 diferent nationalities, refecting the diverse background of Qatar’s population and the international fanbase of the tournament. Conclusions This analysis provides valuable insights for future mega sporting events and highlights the importance of crisis management and training program adaptation for optimal patient care and resident training advancement. The fndings demonstrate the crucial role of the Orthopaedic Surgery Department in responding to the challenges posed by large-scale events. 

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Published in: International Orthopaedics
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