Tong Chak-kwan1,2*, Jin Jun1, Du Qian1, Yu Lei1, Li Xu1, Zhu Jie1 and Ding Yu-fen1
1Adult Intensive Care Unit, University of Hong Kong - Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen, China 2Department of Medicine, LKS Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, ChinaFulltext PDF
Introduction: In order to meet the surge in demand in managing the COVID-19 patients, among the numerous emergency response measures, prioritization of hospital services is one of them. Surgical services would be cut allowing deployment of healthcare staff to manage the COVID-19 patients, perform mass screening and detention of suspected contacts. Non-essential surgery is frequently cancelled, especially during initial period of pandemic when there is uncertainty about the demands of healthcare service. Outbreak in China has been timely controlled since the second quarter of 2020, although COVID-19 continued to sweep through all over the world. Activities resumed in China gradually. Management of some illnesses could not be deferred until the outbreak is completely controlled. Finding: The local outbreak situation provided a unique opportunity for the University of Hong Kong - Shenzhen Hospital to develop new cardiac surgery service to meet the needs of patients while observing the strict National infection control policy. Conclusion: The Adult Intensive Care Unit of the HKU-SZH supported the cardiac surgery service development of the hospital at this prime time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Quality care and good outcome has been achieved.
Cardiac surgery; COVID-19; Postoperative; Critical care; Quality
Tong CK, Jin J, Du Q, Yu L, Li X, Zhu J, et al. Set Up New Cardiac Surgery Peri-Operative Service in a General Adult Intensive Care Unit during COVID-19 Pandemic. Clin Surg. 2021; 6: 3323..