Philippine Journal of Surgical Specialties Vol. 75, No. 1, January-June 2020, pp 53-63

PATACSI COVID-19 Crisis-Driven Recommendations on Thoracic Surgery

Author(s): Philippine Association of Thoracic, Cardiac and Vascular Surgeons, Inc.
Karlos Noel R. Aleta, MD; Fernando A. Melendres Jr., MD; Michael Martin C. Baccay, MD; Joseph Dominic M. Bichara, MD; Freddie G. Capili, MD; Mariam Grace A. Delima, MD; Reynaldo S. Espino, MD; Anthony V. Manlulu, MD; Edwin T. Ong, MD; Racel Ireneo Luis C. Querol, MD; Armand Gregorio C. Sarmiento, MD; Hazel Z. Turingan, MD; Edmund E. Villaroman, MD; Ad Hoc Committee for Thoracic Surgery


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of the medical field. With the allocation of most resources, infrastructure, and personnel to the fight against COVID-19, the emphasis on minimizing the spread of the virus among patients and healthcare professionals while maintaining the flow of services by healthcare professionals to their patients is paramount. These recommendations are given in order to aid surgeons who may need to perform thoracic cases on patients in order to provide the best quality of care without causing harm either to the healthcare professional or the patient.

  1. Patient Preparation and Staff Safety
  2. Recommendations for Pleural Effusion
  3. Recommendations for Pneumothorax
  4. Recommendations for Airway Management
  5. Recommendations for Thoracic Malignancy
  6. Recommendations For Chest Trauma

Key words: thoracic surgery, Tracheostomy, Intubation