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Perioperative Management of COVID-19 Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery with Cardiopulmonary Bypass


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a serious health concern which affects all healthcare professionals worldwide. The pandemic puts health services, including cardiac surgery units, under escalating pressure. There are significant challenges caused by this novel virus and ensuing disease that leads to great uncertainty. While it has been advocated to delay elective surgeries, most cardiac surgical patients present in a more urgent manner which elevates the critical nature for intervention, which may make the surgical decision inevitable. To date, no definitive treatments to the pandemic have been promoted. Cardiac surgical centers may experience an increasing number of COVID-19 patients in clinical practice. Preparation for managing these patients will require a change in the current modalities for perioperative care. Therefore, the goal of this report is to share our own experiences, combined with a review of the emerging literature, by highlighting principles for the adult cardiac surgery community regarding treatment of patients scheduled for surgery. The following report will recommend perioperative guidance in patient management to include safety precautions for the heart team, the conduct of extracorporeal circulation and related equipment, and covering the early period in intensive care in the context of the current pandemic.

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