Position Statement on the Management of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices in Australia During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Living Document

Kumar S, Haqqani H, Wynn G, Pathak RK, Lipton J, Mahajan R, Sanders P, Healey S, Wilsmore B, Mariani JA, Thomas SP, Weerasooriya R, McGavigan A, Gould PA, Weatherley P, Saad N, Cowan M, Turnbull S, Trivic I, Wong M, Tonchev I, Morton JB, Skinner JR, Pflaumer A, McGuire M, Kistler P, Kalman JM; Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) Heart Rhythm Council COVID-19 Pandemic Working Group.Heart Lung Circ. 2020 May 11:S1443-9506(20)30125-6. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2020.04.001. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32451232 Free PMC article.



The COVID-19 pandemic poses a significant stress on health resources in Australia. The Heart Rhythm Council of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand aims to provide a framework for efficient resource utilisation balanced with competing risks when appropriately treating patients with cardiac arrhythmias. This document provides practical recommendations for the electrophysiology (EP) and cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED) services in Australia. The document will be updated regularly as new evidence and knowledge is gained with time.