The Initial Response to a Pandemic: Anesthesiology Experiences from China at the Onset of COVID-19.

Affiliation

Wu J(1), Chen X(1), Chen X(1), Yao S(2), Liu R(3).
Author information:
(1)Department of Anesthesiology, Institute of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1277 Jiefang Avenue, Wuhan, Hubei 430022, China.
(2)Department of Anesthesiology, Institute of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1277 Jiefang Avenue, Wuhan, Hubei 430022, China. Electronic address: [Email]
(3)Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Center of Penn Global Health Scholar, 336 John Morgan Building, 3620 Hamilton Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

This article documents experiences from frontline anesthesia providers in Wuhan, China, mainly from the anesthesiologists in Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China. Those experiences offer valuable insight into the processes used to optimize the emergency response system, and the medical resources and emergency allocation, as well as providing information on the role anesthesiologists played in managing the pandemic.