Expecting the unexpected: Echo laboratory preparedness in the time of COVID‐19
July 13, 2020 — Echocardiography
COVID‐19 poses a unique set of challenges to the healthcare system due to its rapid spread, intensive resource utilization, and relatively high morbidity and mortality. Healthcare workers are at especially high risk of exposure given the viruses spread through close contact. Reported cardiac complications of COVID‐19 include myocarditis, acute coronary syndrome, cardiomyopathy, pericardial effusion, arrhythmia, and shock. Thus, echocardiography is integral in the timely diagnosis and clinical management of COVID‐19 patients. Rush University Medical Center has been at the forefront of the COVID‐19 response in Illinois with high numbers of cases reported in Chicago and surrounding areas. The echocardiography laboratory at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) proactively took numerous steps to balance the imaging needs of a busy, nearly 700‐bed academic medical center while maintaining safety.
Authors: Alan B. Goldberg; Stella Kyung; Sean Swearingen; Anupama Rao
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA
Read full text at: https://doi.org/10.1111/echo.14763