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Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

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Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment | Health and Medical Administration | Health Services Administration | Infectious Disease | Surgery | Surgical Procedures, Operative | Virus Diseases


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our vascular surgery division has implemented a 24/7 vascular access team to provide line placement services throughout our medical center. We believe this model allows us to maximize our skillset while providing an important service for the hospital during this crisis. Additionally, this model allows us to control our own workforce and preserve workforce availability in the likely event that some of our providers contract the disease.


COVID-19, vascular surgery, volume, workforce, vascular access team, staffing, resource model

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Sheth PD, Simons JP, Robichaud DI, Ciaranello AL, Schanzer A. Development of a Surgical Workforce Access Team (SWAT) in the Battle Against COVID-19. J Vasc Surg. 2020 Apr 29:S0741-5214(20)31099-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2020.04.493. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32361069; PMCID: PMC7190504. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of vascular surgery

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