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Kardiol Pol ; 79(5): 595-603, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1268476


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic resulted in an urgent need to reorganize the work of echocardiography laboratories in order to ensure the safety of patients and the protection of physicians, technicians, and other staff members. In the previous Expert Opinion of the Working Group on Echocardiography of Polish Cardiac Society we provided recommendations for the echocardiographic services, in order to ensure maximum possible safety and efficiency of imagers facing epidemic threat. Now, with much better knowledge and larger experience in treating COVID-19 patients and with introduction of vaccination programs, we present updated recommendations for performing transthoracic and transesophageal examinations, including information on the potential impact of personnel and the patient vaccination program, and growing numbers of convalescents on performance of echocardiographic laboratories, with the goal of their ultimate reopening.

COVID-19 , Pandemics , Echocardiography , Expert Testimony , Humans , Poland , SARS-CoV-2 , Vaccination
Ann Agric Environ Med ; 27(2): 201-206, 2020 Jun 19.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-614681


INTRODUCTION: The article describes the process of converting a large multi-specialized hospital into one dedicated to COVID-19 patients, and present established standards of work organization in all the wards and training system of the medical and supporting staff. The several weeks pandemic of the COVID-19 disease has forced the healthcare systems of numerous countries to adjust their resources to the care of the growing number of COVID-19 patients. Managers were presented with the challenge of protecting the healthcare workers from transmission of the disease within medical institutions, and issues concerning the physical and psychological depletion of personnel. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Based on analyses of the structure and work processes in Central Clinical Hospital (CCH) reconstructive strategic plan was developed. It included: division of existing wards into observation and isolation wards; installing locks; weekly plan for supplying personal protection equipment (PPE); designating new access to the hospital and communication routes; training of medical and supporting staff. The plan was implemented from the first days of conversion of the hospital. RESULTS: The wards of the CCH were converted for observation and isolation, and each one was fitted with sanitary locks. There was a big improvement in the supply of PPE for the medical staff. Separation of the 'dirty' and 'clean' parts of the CCH were attained, and widespread intensive training not only protected personnel against infections, but also diminished unrest which was discernable at the beginning of conversion. CONCLUSIONS: The transformation efforts will ultimately be appraised at the end of the epidemic, but the data looks encouraging. Two weeks after conversion, the testing of hospital Staff was started and by the end of April, 459 tests were had been conducted, of which only 11 were positive.

Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/therapy , Hospital Administration , Hospitals, Special/organization & administration , Infection Control/methods , Pneumonia, Viral/therapy , COVID-19 , Health Personnel , Humans , Pandemics , Personal Protective Equipment , Poland , SARS-CoV-2
Kardiol Pol ; 78(4): 357-363, 2020 04 24.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-217839


Transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography may be required in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID­19), resulting in direct contact with the patient and risk of transmitting the infection from patients to medical personnel. Therefore, we recommend to perform problem­oriented time­limited transthoracic examinations. Whenever possible, examinations should be analyzed offline, outside the isolation zones. Transesophageal echocardiography is considered an aerosol­generating procedure and should be performed only as a lifesaving procedure. Personnel should use appropriate personal protection equipment in the immediate vicinity of the patients in accordance with the relevant guidelines.

Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Coronavirus Infections/transmission , Echocardiography/standards , Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional/prevention & control , Pandemics/prevention & control , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Pneumonia, Viral/transmission , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/complications , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Disease Transmission, Infectious/prevention & control , Echocardiography/instrumentation , Echocardiography/methods , Heart Diseases/diagnostic imaging , Humans , Infection Control/methods , Infection Control/standards , Personal Protective Equipment , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Respiratory Tract Diseases/diagnostic imaging