ADULT CARDIAC SURGERY AND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: AGGRESSIVE INFECTION MITIGATION STRATEGIES ARE NECESSARY IN THE OPERATING ROOM AND SURGICAL RECOVERY
The COVID-19 pandemic necessitates aggressive infection mitigation strategies to reduce the risk to patients and healthcare providers. This document is intended to provide a framework for the adult cardiac surgeon to consider in this rapidly changing environment. Pre, intra, and postoperative detailed protective measures are outlined. These are guidance recommendations during a pandemic surge to be utilized for ALL patients while local COVID-19 disease burden remains elevated.