General Thoracic Surgery Services Across Asia During the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic

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General Thoracic Surgery Services Across Asia During the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic


JournalAsian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals
Publication date – May – 2020
Authors – Sanghoon Jheon , Aneez Db Ahmed , Vincent Wt Fang , Woohyun Jung , Ali Zamir Khan , Jang-Ming Lee , Jun Nakajima , Alan Dl Sihoe , Punnarerk Thongcharoen , Masahiro Tsuboi , Akif Turna
KeywordsCOVID-19; Coronavirus; delivery of health care; lung cancer; pandemics; thoracic surgery
Open access – Yes
SpecialityCardiothoracic surgery
World region Central Asia, Eastern Asia, South-eastern Asia, Southern Asia, Western Asia

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on June 8, 2020 at 3:19 am
Abstract:

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 posed an historic challenge to healthcare systems around the world. Besides mounting a massive response to the viral outbreak, healthcare systems needed to consider provision of clinical services to other patients in need. Surgical services for patients with thoracic disease were maintained to different degrees across various regions of Asia, ranging from significant reductions to near-normal service. Key determinants of robust thoracic surgery service provision included: preexisting plans for an epidemic response, aggressive early action to “flatten the curve”, ability to dedicate resources separately to COVID-19 and routine clinical services, prioritization of thoracic surgery, and the volume of COVID-19 cases in that region. The lessons learned can apply to other regions during this pandemic, and to the world, in preparation for the next one.

OSI Number – 20532
PMID – 32396384

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