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Transplantation ; 106(4): e202-e211, 2022 04 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1684929


BACKGROUND: Studies indicate that the recovery from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome may be slower than other viral pneumonia. There are limited data to guide decisions among patients who need extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support, especially the expected time of recovery and considering lung transplantation (LT). METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review of patients with COVID-19-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome placed on ECMO between March 1, 2020, and September 15, 2021 (n = 20; median age, 44 y; range, 22-62 y; male:female, 15:5). We contrasted the baseline variables and clinical course of patients with and without the need for ECMO support >30 d (ECMO long haulers, n = 10). RESULTS: Ten patients met the criteria for ECMO long haulers (median duration of ECMO, 86 d; range, 42-201 d). The long haulers were healthier at baseline with fewer comorbidities but had worse pulmonary compliance and higher partial pressure of CO2. They had a significantly higher number of membrane oxygenator failures, changes to their cannulation sites, and suffer more complications on ECMO. One of the long hauler was bridged to LT while another 6 patients recovered and were discharged. Overall survival was better among the ECMO long haulers (70% versus 20%; 9.3, 1.2-73; P = 0.03). CONCLUSIONS: Despite worse pulmonary physiology, frequent complications, and a tortuous hospital course that may appear to portend a poor prognosis, ECMO long haulers have the potential to recover and be weaned off ECMO without the need for LT. A customized approach comprising a more conservative timeline for the consideration of LT may be prudent among these patients.

COVID-19 , Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation , Lung Transplantation , Respiratory Distress Syndrome , Adult , COVID-19/complications , Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation/adverse effects , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Phenotype , Respiratory Distress Syndrome/etiology , Respiratory Distress Syndrome/therapy , Retrospective Studies , Young Adult
J Card Surg ; 36(9): 3040-3051, 2021 Sep.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1266339


BACKGROUND: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on health care and cardiac surgery. We report cardiac surgeons' concerns, perceptions, and responses during the COVID-19 pandemic. METHODS: A detailed survey was sent to recruit participating adult cardiac surgery centers in North America. Data regarding cardiac surgeons' perceptions and changes in practice were analyzed. RESULTS: Our study comprises 67 institutions with diverse geographic distribution across North America. Nurses were most likely to be redeployed (88%), followed by advanced care practitioners (69%), trainees (28%), and surgeons (25%). Examining surgeon concerns in regard to COVID-19, they were most worried with exposing their family to COVID-19 (81%), followed by contracting COVID-19 (68%), running out of personal protective equipment (PPE) (28%), and hospital resources (28%). In terms of PPE conservation strategies among users of N95 respirators, nearly half were recycling via decontamination with ultraviolet light (49%), followed by sterilization with heat (13%) and at home or with other modalities (13%). Reuse of N95 respirators for 1 day (22%), 1 week (21%) or 1 month (6%) was reported. There were differences in adoption of methods to conserve N95 respirators based on institutional pandemic phase and COVID-19 burden, with higher COVID-19 burden institutions more likely to resort to PPE conservation strategies. CONCLUSIONS: The present study demonstrates the impact of COVID-19 on North American cardiac surgeons. Our study should stimulate further discussions to identify optimal solutions to improve workforce preparedness for subsequent surges, as well as facilitate the navigation of future healthcare crises.

COVID-19 , Surgeons , Adult , Decontamination , Humans , Pandemics , Perception , SARS-CoV-2