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Recommendations for the organization of electrophysiology and cardiac pacing services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Authors
  • Saenz, Luis C.1
  • Miranda, Antonio2
  • Speranza, Ricardo3
  • Texeira, Ricardo Alkmim4
  • Rojel, Ulises5
  • Enriquez, Andres6
  • Figuereido, Marcio7
  • 1 Fundación CardioInfantil-Instituto de Cardiología,
  • 2 Clínica Comfamiliar, Pereira, Colombia
  • 3 Hospital Nacional A. Posadas, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Province Argentina
  • 4 Hospital Renascentista, Pouso Alegre, Brazil
  • 5 Complejo Médico Sur, Servicios de Salud del Estado de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
  • 6 Queen’s University,
  • 7 Universidad de Campinas,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Apr 29, 2020
Pages
1–7
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10840-020-00747-5
PMID: 32350745
PMCID: PMC7189002
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
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Abstract

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving public health emergency that has largely impacted the provision of healthcare services around the world. The challenge for electrophysiology teams is double; on one side preventing disease spread by limiting all nonessential face-to-face interactions, but at the same time ensuring continued care for patients who need it. These guidelines contain recommendations regarding triaging in order to define what procedures, device checks and clinic visits can be postponed during the pandemic. We also discuss best practices to protect patients and healthcare workers and provide guidance for the management of COVID-19 patients with arrhythmic conditions.

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