Our hospital is a 400-bed Level-1 trauma center with 78 ICU beds serving the greater Louisville metropolitan area. The COVID-19 pandemic forced our hospital to re-evaluate our core business operations and to develop a coherent response to a fluid situation. Between March 15 and May 15, 2020, the University of Louisville Hospital admitted more than 100 COVID-19 inpatients, approximately 30 were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and most required endotracheal intubation. The following review describes our Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine foci, actions and rationale during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we hope not to experience another pandemic in the near future, this review may be a helpful starting point for preparing for future respiratory spread pandemics.
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Chen, James; Sangroula, Daisy; Williams, Katelyn; Pham, Sydney; Akca, Ozan; Huang, Jiapeng; and Clifford, Sean
"Anesthesia Services in the Time of COVID,"
The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections: Vol. 4
, Article 57.
Available at: https://ir.library.louisville.edu/jri/vol4/iss1/57