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Department of Surgery at UMMS-Baystate

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Cardiology | Cardiovascular Diseases | Health Services Administration | Infectious Disease | Surgery | Surgical Procedures, Operative | Virus Diseases


In the setting of the current novel coronavirus pandemic, this document has been generated to provide guiding statements for the adult cardiac surgeon to consider in a rapidly evolving national landscape. Acknowledging the risk for a potentially prolonged need for cardiac surgery procedure deferral, the authors have created this proposed template for physicians and interdisciplinary teams to consider in protecting their patients, institution and their highly specialized cardiac surgery team. In addition, recommendations on the transition from traditional in-person patient assessments and outpatient follow-up are provided. Lastly, we advocate that the cardiac surgeon must continue to serve as leaders, experts, and relevant members of our medical community, shifting our role as necessary in this time of need.


COVID-19, coronavirus, pandemic, cardiac surgery, patient triage, guidance

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© 2020 by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Accepted manuscript posted with a 12-month embargo and CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license ( as allowed by the publisher's self-archiving policy at

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Haft JW, Atluri P, Alawadi G, Engelman D, Grant MC, Hassan A, Legare JF, Whitman G, Arora RC; Society of Thoracic Surgeons COVID-19 Taskforce and the Workforce for Adult Cardiac and Vascular Surgery. Adult cardiac surgery during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Tiered Patient Triage Guidance Statement. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Apr 10:S0003-4975(20)30548-8. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.04.003. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32305286; PMCID: PMC7161520. Link to article on publisher's site

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The Annals of thoracic surgery

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