Lessons from the Italian Front Lines on Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lessons from the Italian Front Lines on Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic

As together we navigate the changes brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic we recognize that many of the strategies in place to fight the spread of the epidemic can also pose challenges to the continuation of medical training of our residents and physicians.

 

Larry Chu, MD (Professor, Director, Stanford AIM Lab) and Bassam Kadry, MD (Associate Clinical Professor, Stanford Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine) facilitated a discussion about how we can learn from anesthesiologists in Italy on the front lines of COVID-19 as we prepare for the pandemic in the US. We had the opportunity to hear from a range of specialists about how hospital capacity and workforce safety is managed across resource constraints. They also shed light on how they have been navigating the ethical challenges that underpin a lot of healthcare work especially when establishing triage and risk stratification strategies. With an audience eager to know how they can best prepare for the near future, the panel of Italian anesthesiologists also fielded a lot of questions about the clinical and anesthetic management of COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients as well as PUIs.

 

Look out for updates in this space as we share more learnings from this invaluable session.