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Transfusion ; 61(5): 1542-1550, 2021 05.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1096956


BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic has placed additional stressors on physician lives. In this study, we report findings from a survey conducted among attending physician (AP) members of the American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) to elucidate the status of their well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as resources provided or actions taken by their institutions and themselves personally to maintain or improve their well-being. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A 17-question, voluntary, IRB-approved survey regarding well-being was distributed to the ASFA AP members between August 26, 2020 and September 16, 2020. The descriptive analyses were reported as number and frequency of respondents for each question. Non-parametric chi-square tests, ANOVA, and paired t-tests were performed to determine differences in categorical variables, changes in well-being scores, and compare time points, respectively. RESULTS: Based on the responses of 70 attending level physicians representing the United States (U.S., 53, 75.7%) and outside the U.S. (17, 24.3%), the following were observed: (1) COVID-19 negatively affects the well-being of a sub-population of APs, (2) neither institutional nor individual measures to improve well-being completely resolved the problem of decreased AP well-being during the pandemic, and (3) personal actions may be superior to institutional resources. CONCLUSION: There is a widespread decline in AP well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic that was not adequately improved by institutional or personal resources/actions taken. Institutions and physicians must work together to implement strategies including resources and actions that could further improve AP physician well-being during a public health crisis.

Blood Component Removal , COVID-19/epidemiology , Pandemics , Physicians , Public Health , SARS-CoV-2 , Surveys and Questionnaires , Adult , Female , Humans , Male , United States/epidemiology
Transfusion ; 60(9): 1905-1909, 2020 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-613577


New York is at the epicenter of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (CUIMC/NYPH) had to make changes to its cellular therapy operations to ensure patient, donor, and staff safety and well-being. In this article, we discuss the process changes we instituted for cellular therapy clinical care, collection, processing, and cryopreservation to cope with the rapidly evolving pandemic.

Academic Medical Centers , COVID-19/epidemiology , Cell- and Tissue-Based Therapy/statistics & numerical data , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2 , Academic Medical Centers/organization & administration , Academic Medical Centers/statistics & numerical data , Adult , Bone Marrow Transplantation/methods , Bone Marrow Transplantation/statistics & numerical data , COVID-19 Testing , Cell Separation/methods , Child , Clinical Trials as Topic/organization & administration , Cryopreservation/methods , Donor Selection , Humans , Immunotherapy, Adoptive/methods , Immunotherapy, Adoptive/statistics & numerical data , Lymphocyte Transfusion/methods , Lymphocyte Transfusion/statistics & numerical data , New York City/epidemiology , Organ Preservation/methods , Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation/methods , Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation/statistics & numerical data , Preservation, Biological/methods , Procedures and Techniques Utilization , Tissue Donors , Tissue and Organ Procurement/methods , Tissue and Organ Procurement/organization & administration