Hospital’s ‘non-surgical’ amputation rates soar in ‘critical’ emergency

A medical center in the Netherlands has reported an increase in the number of amputations among patients admitted for non-surgically induced appendicitis due to COVID-19.

The hospital, which serves the western Dutch province of Vereniging, said the number fell from 7.3% of its total cases in January to 6.8% on April 1, a significant decrease from the previous month.

The report came as Dutch health officials were investigating a sharp rise in amputations in the country, which is already the world’s most populous.

The country is currently suffering from one of the world is most severe COVID outbreaks, which has killed nearly 10,000 people.