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Vol 79, No 5 (2021)
Expert opinion
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Echocardiography during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic — the impact of the vaccination program. A 2021 update of the expert opinion of the Working Group on Echocardiography of the Polish Cardiac Society

Piotr Szymański, Andrzej Gackowski, Katarzyna Mizia-Stec, Jarosław D Kasprzak, Magdalena Lipczyńska, Piotr Lipiec, Olga Trojnarska, Paulina Wejner-Mik, Danuta Sorysz, Bożena Sobkowicz, Zofia Oko-Sarnowska, Andrzej Wysokiński, Andrzej Szyszka, Edyta Płońska-Gościniak, Zbigniew Gąsior, Michał Ciurzyński, Tomasz Pasierski, Piotr Hoffman
DOI: 10.33963/KP.15973
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Pubmed: 34125943
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Kardiol Pol 2021;79(5):595-603.

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Vol 79, No 5 (2021)
Expert opinion and position paper

Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic resulted in an urgent need to reorganize the work of echocardiography laboratories in order to ensure the safety of patients and the protection of physicians, technicians, and other staff members. In the previous Expert Opinion of the Working Group on Echocardiography of Polish Cardiac Society we provided recommendations for the echocardiographic services, in order to ensure maximum possible safety and efficiency of imagers facing epidemic threat. Now, with much better knowledge and larger experience in treating COVID-19 patients and with introduction of vaccination programs, we present updated recommendations for performing transthoracic and transesophageal examinations, including information on the potential impact of personnel and the patient vaccination program, and growing numbers of convalescents on performance of echocardiographic laboratories, with the goal of their ultimate reopening.

Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic resulted in an urgent need to reorganize the work of echocardiography laboratories in order to ensure the safety of patients and the protection of physicians, technicians, and other staff members. In the previous Expert Opinion of the Working Group on Echocardiography of Polish Cardiac Society we provided recommendations for the echocardiographic services, in order to ensure maximum possible safety and efficiency of imagers facing epidemic threat. Now, with much better knowledge and larger experience in treating COVID-19 patients and with introduction of vaccination programs, we present updated recommendations for performing transthoracic and transesophageal examinations, including information on the potential impact of personnel and the patient vaccination program, and growing numbers of convalescents on performance of echocardiographic laboratories, with the goal of their ultimate reopening.

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Keywords

COVID-19, echocardiography, echocardiographic laboratories, vaccination

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Title

Echocardiography during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic — the impact of the vaccination program. A 2021 update of the expert opinion of the Working Group on Echocardiography of the Polish Cardiac Society

Journal

Kardiologia Polska (Polish Heart Journal)

Issue

Vol 79, No 5 (2021)

Article type

Expert opinion

Pages

595-603

DOI

10.33963/KP.15973

Pubmed

34125943

Bibliographic record

Kardiol Pol 2021;79(5):595-603.

Keywords

COVID-19
echocardiography
echocardiographic laboratories
vaccination

Authors

Piotr Szymański
Andrzej Gackowski
Katarzyna Mizia-Stec
Jarosław D Kasprzak
Magdalena Lipczyńska
Piotr Lipiec
Olga Trojnarska
Paulina Wejner-Mik
Danuta Sorysz
Bożena Sobkowicz
Zofia Oko-Sarnowska
Andrzej Wysokiński
Andrzej Szyszka
Edyta Płońska-Gościniak
Zbigniew Gąsior
Michał Ciurzyński
Tomasz Pasierski
Piotr Hoffman

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