Title

Adult Cardiac Surgery and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Aggressive Infection Mitigation Strategies Are Necessary in the Operating Room and Surgical Recovery

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Surgery at UMMS-Baystate

Publication Date

2020-04-21

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

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

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic necessitates aggressive infection mitigation strategies to reduce the risk to patients and healthcare providers. This document is intended to provide a framework for the adult cardiac surgeon to consider in this rapidly changing environment. Pre, intra, and post-operative detailed protective measures are outlined. These are guidance recommendations during a pandemic surge to be utilized for ALL patients while local COVID-19 disease burden remains elevated.

Keywords

COVID-19, cardiac surgery, guidelines, aerosol generating procedures, healthcare worker safety, personal protective equipment

DOI of Published Version

10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.04.007

Source

Engelman DT, Lother S, George I, Funk DJ, Ailawadi G, Atluri P, Grant MC, Haft JW, Hassan A, Legare JF, Whitman G, Arora RC; Society of Thoracic Surgery COVID-19 Taskforce. Adult Cardiac Surgery and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Aggressive Infection Mitigation Strategies are Necessary in the Operating Room and Surgical Recovery. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Apr 21:S0003-4975(20)30587-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.04.007. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32353440; PMCID: PMC7185911. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

The Annals of thoracic surgery

Comments

This article was co-published in: Engelman DT, Lother S, George I, Funk DJ, Ailawadi G, Atluri P, Grant MC, Haft JW, Hassan A, Legare JF, Whitman GJR, Arora RC; Society of Thoracic Surgeons COVID-19 Task Force. Adult cardiac surgery and the COVID-19 pandemic: Aggressive infection mitigation strategies are necessary in the operating room and surgical recovery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 Aug;160(2):447-451. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2020.04.059. Epub 2020 Apr 27. PMID: 32689700; PMCID: PMC7185923.

Related Resources

Link to article in PubMed

PubMed ID

32353440

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