Italy has been hard hit by SarV CO2 infection with more than 240,000
cases and 35,000 deaths. During the acute phase of the pandemic the
italian government decided on the lockdown which lasted about 2 months.
During this period all surgical activities were limited to non-deferable
procedures only. The sudden closure posed problems with the management
of the heart surgery waiting which at that time included 135 patients.
Among these were selected cases with the worst clinical characteristics
that were progressively operated on. Compared with a similar period in
2019, the cardiac surgery activity of the “Lancisi Cardiovascular
Center” in Ancona has been reduced by 65%. With pandemic mitigation,
heart surgery activity has gradually resumed but many open questions
remain. Above all, there is the problem of living with a low but
persistent level of presence of the virus with the need to organize the
activity in order to ensure patients and staff safety and an optimal
level of performance.