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Rhythm blues in the time of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): how the cardiac electrophysiologist adapts to a viral pandemic in Singapore

Authors
  • Chia, Pow-Li1
  • Tan, Kenny1
  • Tan, Li wei1
  • Chin, Pui See2
  • Foo, David1
  • 1 Tan Tock Seng Hospital,
  • 2 Kandang Kerbau Hospital,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
May 27, 2020
Pages
1–4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10840-020-00782-2
PMID: 32458182
PMCID: PMC7250737
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a major healthcare disaster in the modern times. Healthcare services must adapt to effectively juggle between pandemic management and maintenance of business-as-usual services so that both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients receive appropriate clinical care. We share our experience of significant cardiac rhythm abnormalities seen in COVID-19 patients in Singapore, how the viral pandemic has affected the cardiac electrophysiology and pacing service in a large acute care general hospital and the steps taken to alleviate the negative impact.

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