“If you have major surgery and you are COVID positive at the time your outcomes are severely reduced”

This piece takes a look at how we try to move back to some semblance of “normal” as the peak appears in many parts of the Western world to have reacted to social distancing measures. How have thought leaders and anesthesiologists tried to come together to produce guidance for each other? What should that guidance be? What specific areas of practice have been changed by the pandemic?

Also – more widely – what are we learning about the issues presented by COVID 19 and how do we move forward in a constructive way?

Links to the papers here:

Adult Cardiac Surgery and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Aggressive Infection Mitigation Strategies are Necessary in the Operating Room and Surgical Recovery: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022522320310114

Adult cardiac surgery during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Tiered Patient Triage Guidance Statement:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0022522320308904

Presented by Desiree Chappell with Monty Mythen and their guest Dan Engelman, Director CIVCU, Baystate Medical, MA (unit now managing COVID patients). President of ERAS Cardiac

Thank you to our sponsor Edwards Lifesciences.

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