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Prof. Xiang ChengDirector of Department of CardiologyUnion Hospital, WuhanDeputy Chairman of Youth Committee of Chinese Society of Cardiology (CSC)
As the fight against COVID-19 in Wuhan is turning a corner, cases are surging outside of China. We are saddened to hear of infection, as well as death, of medical staff in other countries. As a cardiologist working in the COVID-19 epicenter of Wuhan, I would like to share my experience with my fellow cardiologists.
During the epidemic, our hospitals were divided into COVID-19 designated hospitals and non-COVID-19 hospitals for patients in critical condition, such as cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, hemodialysis, blood tumor, etc.
The CCU ward adopted the strict principle of single room admission. After 5-7 days of observation in the CCU, a comprehensive assessment of COVID-19 was performed. If COVID-19 was excluded and the cardiovascular condition was stable, he/she could be transferred to regular medicine floor ward with shared rooms.
The management of family members of inpatients was particularly important. Inpatients can only be accompanied by at most one family member, and the accompanying family member must complete the COVID-19 investigation and no other visits during hospitalisation. We would provide masks to patients and family members, monitor body temperature daily and screening COVID-19 related symptoms, and a special person would report to the medical office every day.
Again, during this pandemic, although the main presentation of COVID-19 is not cardiovascular, all cardiologists need to remain vigilant and protect ourselves. Wearing PPE is crucial. The temporary medical management system we established has effectively prevented cross-infection, and we hope that it can help the current severely affected areas.
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