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Adaptations of paediatric cardiology practice during the COVID-19 pandemic

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 October 2021

Michael A. Fremed*
Affiliation:
Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, New York, NY, USA
Talha Niaz
Affiliation:
Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
Kyle D. Hope
Affiliation:
Lillie Frank Abercrombie Section of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA
Carolyn A. Altman
Affiliation:
Lillie Frank Abercrombie Section of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA
Victor Y. Levy
Affiliation:
Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, USA
Julie S. Glickstein
Affiliation:
Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, New York, NY, USA
Jonathan N. Johnson
Affiliation:
Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
*
Author for correspondence: M. A. Fremed, MD, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, 3959 Broadway, North Building, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, USA. Tel: [201]-218-4296 Fax: [212]-342-5704 E-mail: mf3032@cumc.columbia.edu

Abstract

During the initial surge of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring and summer of 2020, paediatric heart centres were forced to rapidly alter the way patient care was provided to minimise interruption to patient care as well as exposure to the virus. In this survey-based descriptive study, we characterise changes that occurred within paediatric cardiology practices across the United States and described provider experience and attitudes towards these changes during the pandemic. Common changes that were implemented included decreased numbers of procedures, limiting visitors and shifting towards telemedicine encounters. The information obtained from this survey may be useful in guiding and standardising responses to future public health crises.

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© The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press

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