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Prevention and Treatment Strategies for the Cardiology Department of a Non-COVID-19 Designated Hospital in the Post-Epidemic Period

Authors Fan Q, Chen X, Lin Y, Wang Z

Received 8 May 2020

Accepted for publication 8 July 2020

Published 31 July 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 979—987

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/RMHP.S261533

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 4

Editor who approved publication: Professor Marco Carotenuto


Qian Fan, Xin Chen, Yan Lin, Zhiquan Wang

Department of Cardiology, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan University, Wuhan, People’s Republic of China

Correspondence: Zhiquan Wang
Department of Cardiology, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, No. 169 Donghu Road, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430071, Hubei, People’s Republic of China
Email 2455098577@qq.com

Background: Coronavirus infection disease 2019 (COVID-19) occurred in Wuhan in December 2019. With the spread of the virus, the global epidemic situation has become extremely serious, especially in the United States, Spain and Italy. Due to a series of control measures, the epidemic situation in Wuhan has been alleviated to a certain extent, and this region has entered into a post-epidemic period. The treatment of some acute and worsened cardiovascular diseases has become more complex because of epidemic prevention measures.
Patients and Methods: We examined cardiovascular patients in the emergency department, as well as outpatient clinics and inpatient units in the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, from March 20th to April 17th, 2020, as the study subjects, and we performed standard medical activities according to the principles of border treatment and border protection. Additionally, we aimed to minimize the adverse effects of the epidemic on the therapy that was administered to cardiology patients.
Results: Due to this standard and feasible strategy, the cardiology department admitted a total of 97 patients, with 36 patients being discharged. No patients have been observed to become infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the cardiology department. In addition, we have no outpatient, caregivers or medical staff infected.
Conclusion: Our study aimed to provide prevention and treatment strategies for the rapid and effective medical recovery of patients in non-COVID-19 designated hospitals in high-risk areas after remission, as well as in low- and medium-risk areas.

Keywords: post-epidemic period, non-COVID-19 designated hospitals, strategy

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