Adult cardiac surgery in Trinidad and Tobago during the COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons from a developing country

Richard Ramsingh, Jean-Luc Duval, Natasha Rahaman, Risshi Rampersad, Gianni D Angelini*, Giovanni Teodori

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Background and aim: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has seen the cancellation of elective cardiac surgeries worldwide. Here we report the experience of a cardiac surgery unit in a developing country in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Methods: From 6th April to 12th June 2020, 58 patients underwent urgent or emergency cardiac surgery. Data was reviewed from a prospectively entered unit-maintained cardiac surgery database. To ensure safe delivery of care to patients, a series of strict measures were implemented which included: a parallel healthcare system maintaining a COVID-19 cold site, social isolation of patients for one to 2 weeks before surgery, polymerase chain reaction testing for COVID-19, 72 hours before surgery, discrete staff assigned only to cardiac surgical cases socially isolated for 2 weeks as necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cardiac Surgery
Early online date26 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Jul 2020

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Structured keywords

  • Bristol Heart Institute
  • Covid19

Keywords

  • adult cardiac surgery
  • COVID‐19
  • developing country
  • Trinidad & Tobago

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