American Society of Echocardiography COVID-19 Statement Update: Lessons Learned and Preparation for Future Pandemics

J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2023 Nov;36(11):1127-1139. doi: 10.1016/j.echo.2023.08.020.

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has evolved since the publication of the initial American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) statements providing guidance to echocardiography laboratories. In light of new developments, the ASE convened a diverse, expert writing group to address the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and to apply lessons learned to echocardiography laboratory operations in future pandemics. This statement addresses important areas specifically impacted by the current and future pandemics: (1) indications for echocardiography, (2) application of echocardiographic services in a pandemic, (3) infection/transmission mitigation strategies, (4) role of cardiac point-of-care ultrasound/critical care echocardiography, and (5) training in echocardiography.

Keywords: COVID-19; Echocardiography; Imaging; POCUS; Training; Triage.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19* / epidemiology
  • Echocardiography
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Societies, Medical
  • United States / epidemiology