Adaptation and restructuring of an academic anesthesiology department during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City: Challenges and lessons learned

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Abstract

The novel SARS-CoV-2 pandemic starting in 2019 profoundly changed the world, and thousands of residents of New York City were affected, leading to one of the most acute surges in regional hospital capacity. As the largest academic medical center in the Bronx, Montefiore Medical Center was immediately impacted, and the entire hospital was mobilized to address the needs of its community. In this article, we describe our experiences as a large academic anesthesiology department during this pandemic. Our goals were to maximize our staff's expertise, maintain our commitment to wellness and safety, and preserve the quality of patient care. Lessons learned include the importance of critical care training presence and leadership, the challenges of converting an ambulatory surgery center to an intensive care unit (ICU), and the management of effective communication. Lastly, we provide suggestions for institutions facing an acute surge, or subsequent waves of COVID-19, based on a single center's experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Anaesthesiology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bronx
  • COVID-19
  • New York
  • academic
  • anesthesiology department
  • critical care
  • montefiore medical center

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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