COVID-19 and cardiac surgery: The perspective from United Kingdom

Harky, Amer ORCID: 0000-0001-5507-5841, Harrington, Deborah, Nawaytou, Omar, Othman, Ahmed, Fowler, Catherine, Owens, Gareth, Torella, Francesco ORCID: 0000-0003-0529-7387, Kuduvalli, Manoj and Field, Mark
(2021) COVID-19 and cardiac surgery: The perspective from United Kingdom. JOURNAL OF CARDIAC SURGERY, 36 (5). pp. 1649-1658.

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The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 in December 2019, presumed from the city of Wuhan, Hubei province in China, and the subsequent declaration of the disease as a pandemic by the World Health Organization as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in March 2020, had a significant impact on health care systems globally. Each country responded to this disease in different ways, however this was done broadly by fortifying and prioritizing health care provision as well as introducing social lockdown aiming to contain the infection and minimizing the risk of transmission. In the United Kingdom, a lockdown was introduced by the government on March 23, 2020 and all health care services were focussed to challenge the impact of COVID-19. To do so, the United Kingdom National Health Service had to undergo widespread service reconfigurations and the so-called "Nightingale Hospitals" were created de novo to bolster bed provision, and industries were asked to direct efforts to the production of ventilators. A government-led public health campaign was publicized under the slogan of: "Stay home, Protect the NHS (National Health Service), Save lives." The approach had a significant impact on the delivery of all surgical services but particularly cardiac surgery with its inherent critical care bed capacity. This paper describes the impact on provision for elective and emergency cardiac surgery in the United Kingdom, with a focus on aortovascular disease. We describe our aortovascular activity and outcomes during the period of UK lockdown and present a patient survey of attitudes to aortic surgery during COVID-19 pandemic.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cardiac surgery, COVID-19, NHS, service, United Kingdom
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2020 10:27
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 23:31
DOI: 10.1111/jocs.15039
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