Committee Recommendations for Resuming Cardiac Surgery Activity in the SARS-CoV-2 Era: Guidance From an International Cardiac Surgery Consortium
Joanna Chikwe, Mario Gaudino, Irbaz Hameed, N Bryce Robinson, Faisal G Bakaeen, Lorenzo Menicanti, Torsten Doenst, Zhe Zheng, Massimo Lemma, Volkmar Falk, James Tatoulis, Leonard N Girardi, Stephen Fremes, Marc Ruel
ANNALS OF THORACIC SURGERY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2020
Recommendations for the safe and optimized resumption of cardiac surgery care, research, and education during the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) era were developed by a cardiovascular research consortium, based in 19 countries and representing a wide spectrum of experience with COVID-19. This guidance document provides a framework for restarting cardiac surgery in the outpatient and inpatient settings, in accordance with the current understanding of SARS-CoV-2, the risks posed by interrupted cardiovascular care, and the available recommendations from major societies.
Dr Fremes is supported in part by the Bernard S. Goldman Chair in Cardiovascular Surgery. The authors wish to thank the Cornell Joint Clinical Trial Office for its support in this project.