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Safe Reintroduction of Cardiovascular Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance From North American Society Leadership

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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Source Name: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery


David A. Wood, Ehtisham Mahmud, Vinod H. Thourani, Janarthanan Sathananthan, Alice Virani, Athena Poppas, Robert Harrington, Joseph A. Dearani, Madhav Swaminathan, Andrea M. Russo, Ron Blankstein, Sharmila Dorbala, James Carr, Sean Virani, Kenneth Gin, Alan Packard, Vasken Dilsizian, Jean-François Légaré, Jonathon Leipsic, John G. Webb, Andrew D. Krahn

This article describes recommendations from the North American leadership in regards to the safe reintroduction of cardiovascular services during the COVID-19 pandemic including, but not limited to, ethical considerations, the importance of collaboration amongst public health officials and cardiovascular specialties, and protection of healthcare workers. In addition, they include detailed recommendations stratified by the level of response customized for institutions and guidance on how to reserve capacity for potential re-surgence of COVID-19. 

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