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- Received June 1, 2020
- Revision received June 10, 2020
- Accepted June 16, 2020
- Published online June 22, 2020.
- Marie-France Poulin, MD and
- Duane S. Pinto, MD MPH∗ ()
- Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
- ↵∗Address for Correspondence: Duane S. Pinto, MD, MPH Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Chief, Interventional Cardiology Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Interventional Cardiology Section, Palmer 415 1 Deaconess Road Boston, MA 02215 Phone: 617 632-7501 Fax: 617 632-7460
As the world slowly starts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare systems are now thinking about resuming elective cardiovascular procedures, including procedures in the cardiac catheterization laboratories (cath lab). Rebooting cath labs will be an arduous process in part due to limited healthcare resources, new processes and fears stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. We propose a detailed phased-in approach that considers clinical, patient-centered, and operational strategies to safely and effectively reboot cath lab programs during these unprecedented times. This model balances delivery of essential cardiovascular care while reducing exposure and preserving resources. The guiding principles detailed in this manuscript can be used by cath lab programs when restarting elective interventional procedures.
- Catheterization Laboratory Reboot
- COVID-19 pandemic
- Novel Care Model
- Operational Strategies
- Elective Interventional Procedures
- Received June 1, 2020.
- Revision received June 10, 2020.
- Accepted June 16, 2020.
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