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Keeping specialist heart failure teams in place during COVID surge plans Position Statement from the British Society for Heart Failure

In the event of further surge plans due to the continuing COVID crisis, as the professional association for heart failure care in the UK, the British Society for Heart Failure (BSH) strongly recommends keeping heart failure specialist services intact (in hospital and the community).

The pandemic has already taught us that we need to maintain service provision for this highly vulnerable cohort of patients, to reduce the present and clear risk of increased morbidity and death. Ensuring continuity of heart failure services also ameliorates the considerable resource pressures in supporting primary care and frontline services by keeping people home and well and preventing lengthy, costly hospital admissions at a time when acute services require supportive measures due to bed pressures. Those that were admitted to hospital with heart failure and COVID-19 infection had a significantly increased in-hospital mortality of 50%.

 

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