COVID-19: FAQs-Congenital Heart Surgery Recovery and Defining a "New Normal"

World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2020 Sep;11(5):548-556. doi: 10.1177/2150135120934741. Epub 2020 Jul 14.


As recovery of congenital heart surgery programs begins during this COVID-19 pandemic, we review key considerations such as screening, protection of patients and health care workers (HCWs), case prioritization, barriers to reactivation, redesign of patient care teams, contribution of telemedicine, modification of trainees' experiences, preparation for potential resurgence, and strategies to maintain HCW wellness. COVID-19 has tested the resolve and grit of our specialty and we have an opportunity to emerge more refined.

Keywords: COVID-19; congenital cardiac surgery; crisis management.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / complications*
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / complications
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / complications*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology
  • Recovery of Function*
  • SARS-CoV-2