Paradigm Shifts in Cardiac Care: Lessons Learned From COVID-19 at a Large New York Health System
Curr Probl Cardiol
© 2020 Elsevier Inc. The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has overwhelmed healthcare systems around the world, resulting in morbidity, mortality, and a dramatic economic downturn In the United States. Urgent responses to the pandemic halted routine hospital workflow in an effort to increase hospital capacity, maintain Northwell Healthing, and ration protective gear. Most notably, New York saw the largest surge of COVID-19 cases nationwide. Healthcare personnel and physician leaders at Northwell Health, the largest healthcare system in New York, have worked together to successfully implement operational changes resulting in a paradigm shift in cardiac care delivery. In this manuscript, we detail specific protocol adjustments made in our cardiology department, cardiology service line, and healthcare system in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss the sustainability of this shift moving forward and the opportunity to optimize care for cardiovascular patients in the post COVID-19 era.
School of Medicine