Vol 78, No 4 (2020)
Expert opinion
Published online: 2020-03-30

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Echocardiography during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: expert opinion of the Working Group on Echocardiography of the Polish Cardiac Society

Andrzej Gackowski, Magdalena Lipczyńska, Piotr Lipiec, Piotr Szymański
Pubmed: 32241097
Kardiol Pol 2020;78(4):357-363.

Abstract

ABSTRACT Transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography may be required in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19), resulting in direct contact with the patient and risk of transmitting the infection from patients to medical personnel. Therefore, we recommend to perform problem‑oriented time‑limited transthoracic examinations. Whenever possible, examinations should be analyzed offline, outside the isolation zones. Transesophageal echocardiography is considered an aerosol‑generating procedure and should be performed only as a lifesaving procedure. Personnel should use appropriate personal protection equipment in the immediate vicinity of the patients in accordance with the relevant guidelines.

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