A Perspective from New York of COVID 19: Effect and impact on cardiac surgery

J Card Surg. 2021 May;36(5):1668-1671. doi: 10.1111/jocs.15043. Epub 2020 Sep 16.


Background and aim: First reported in December of 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 has had a profound impact on the implementation of care. Here, we describe our institutional experience with a rapid influx of patients at the epicenter of the pandemic.

Methods: We retrospectively review our experience with the departments of cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, anesthesia, and critical care medicine and summarize protocols developed in the midst of the pandemic.

Results: The rapid influx of patients requiring an intensive level of care required a complete restructuring of units, including the establishment of a new COVID-19 negative unit for the care of patients requiring urgent or emergent non-COVID-19 related care including open-heart surgery. This unique unit allowed for the delivery of safe and effective care in the epicenter of the pandemic.

Conclusions: Here, we demonstrate the response of a large tertiary academic medical center to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, we demonstrate how rapid structural changes can allow for the continued delivery of cardiac surgical care with similar outcomes as those reported before the pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; cardiac surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures*
  • Humans
  • New York
  • Pandemics
  • Retrospective Studies
  • SARS-CoV-2