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Cardiol Ther ; 2022 Mar 22.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1756957


INTRODUCTION: A significant decrease in emergency presentations of acute cardiac conditions has been observed during the COVID-19 pandemic. We aimed to understand perceptions that influence people's decisions whether to present to the emergency department (ED) with symptoms related to acute cardiovascular events to inform necessary medical communication. METHODS: We recruited users of Amazon Mechanical Turk (Seattle, WA) to participate in a survey to elucidate perceptions of COVID-19 risk associated with a visit to the ED. A conjoint analysis was designed based on commonly reported factors associated with people's decisions to present to the ED during the pandemic to calculate preference utilities. RESULTS: After exclusions, 1003 participants completed the survey between 12/5/2020 and 12/6/2020. Participants ranked the perceived risk of contracting COVID-19 at the ED as one of the highest, only second to that at bars and restaurants. Only 68% (685/1003) were willing to present to the ED immediately with severe chest pain. Fear of further transmitting the virus to loved ones was the most frequently cited reason for not presenting. Conjoint analysis demonstrated severe chest pain to be the dominant factor in the decision to present to the ED. CONCLUSIONS: The risk of contracting COVID-19 while presenting to the ED for a life-threatening cardiovascular symptom is overestimated and is strongly affected by social factors.

J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth ; 2021 Jul 02.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1294521


OBJECTIVE: To assess societal preferences regarding allocation of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as a rescue option for select patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey of a nationally representative sample. SETTING: Amazon Mechanical Turk platform. PARTICIPANTS: In total, responses from 1,041 members of Amazon Mechanical Turk crowd-sourcing platform were included. Participants were 37.9 ± 12.6 years old, generally white (65%), and college-educated (66.1%). Many reported working in a healthcare setting (22.5%) and having a friend or family member who was admitted to the hospital (43.8%) or died from COVID-19 (29.9%). MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Although most reported an unwillingness to stay on ECMO for >one week without signs of recovery, participants were highly supportive of ECMO utilization as a life-preserving technique on a policy level. The majority (96.7%) advocated for continued use of ECMO to treat COVID patients during periods of resource scarcity but would prioritize those with highest likelihood of recovery (50%) followed by those who were sickest regardless of survival chances (31.7%). Patients >40 years old were more likely to prefer distributing ECMO on a first-come first-served basis (21.5% v 13.3%, p < 0.05). CONCLUSION: Even though participants expressed hesitation regarding ECMO in personal circumstances, they were uniformly in support of using ECMO to treat COVID patients at a policy level for others who might need it, even in the setting of severe scarcity.

J Card Surg ; 36(9): 3296-3305, 2021 Sep.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1282008


BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all aspects of healthcare, including cardiothoracic surgery (CTS). We sought to determine the pandemic's impact on CTS trainees' educational experiences. METHODS: A survey was developed and distributed to members of the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association and other international CTS trainees. Trainees were asked to evaluate their cumulative experiences and share their overall perceptions of how CTS training had been impacted during the earliest months of the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e., since March 01, 2020). Surveys were distributed and responses were recorded June 25-August 05, 2020. In total, 748 surveys were distributed and 166 responses were received (overall response rate 22.2%). Of these, 126 of 166 responses (75.9%) met inclusion criteria for final analysis. RESULTS: Final responses analyzed included 45 of 126 (35.7%) United States (US) and 81 of 126 (64.3%) international trainees, including 101 of 126 (80.2%) senior and 25 of 126 (19.8%) junior trainees. Most respondents (76/126, 43.2%) lost over 1 week in the hospital due to the pandemic. Juniors (12/25, 48.0%) were more likely than seniors (20/101, 19.8%) to be reassigned to COVID-19-specific units (p < .01). Half of trainees (63/126) reported their case volumes were reduced by over 50%. US trainees (42/45, 93.3%) were more likely than international trainees (58/81, 71.6%) to report reduced operative case volumes (p < .01). Most trainees (104/126, 83%) believed their overall clinical acumen was not adversely impacted by the pandemic. CONCLUSIONS: CTS trainees in the United States and abroad have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with time lost in the hospital, decreased operative experiences, less time on CTS services, and frequent reassignment to COVID-19-specific care settings.

COVID-19 , Internship and Residency , Specialties, Surgical , Humans , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2 , Surveys and Questionnaires , United States , Workforce
Artif Organs ; 45(5): 528-530, 2021 05.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1201642
Ann Thorac Surg ; 111(1): 300-301, 2021 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1008014
Ann Thorac Surg ; 112(1): 342, 2021 07.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-549141