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Unpredictable times
  1. Felipe C Albuquerque
  1. Department of Neurosurgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Felipe C Albuquerque, Department of Neurosurgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ 85013, USA; Felipe.Albuquerque{at}

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At the time of writing this column, the COVID-19 surge has arrived in Phoenix. Our hospital has again canceled elective surgeries after easing this restriction for nearly a month. Our intensive care units are dangerously close to capacity and traffic lines for COVID-19 testing at public sites extend for miles. The only thing that is perfectly clear is that nothing is predictable.

In an effort to elucidate the impact of the pandemic and our expectations for future practice, Fiehler and co-authors in this issue of the JNIS present the results of an international survey of neurointerventionalists.1 This is a collaborative effort of five major neurointerventional (NI) societies. A total of 475 participants from 61 countries responded to questions pertaining to the capacity to provide NI services, the volume of emergent cases encountered, and the expectations for future NI practices.

The vast majority of respondents (96%) reported that they were able to provide emergency …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.