In April 2022, practitioners from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the University of Pittsburgh Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery delved further into the observed impact of COVID-19 on the number of cardiac surgeries, the financial burden, and what can be expected as institutions work on recovering. The full manuscript, written by Edgar Aranda-Michel, Derek Serna-Gallegos, George Arnaoutakis, Arman Kilic, James A. Brown, Yancheng Dai, Courtney Dunn-Lewis, and Ibrahim Sultan, can be found in the Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery website. Their findings are detailed below.
While numerous studies have looked at the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the healthcare industry has explicitly been affected, this study is the first to specifically report data concerning revenue lost due to decreases in cardiac surgical volume. With cardiac departments composing a significant portion of a hospital’s income, the impact of these decreases is substantial.