Philippine Journal of Surgical Specialties Vol. 75, No. 1, January-June 2020, pp 68-74

PATACSI COVID-19 Crisis-Driven Recommendations on Vascular Surgery

Author(s): Philippine Association of Thoracic, Cardiac and Vascular Surgeons, Inc.
Nelson S. Bambalan, MD; Arnel Q. Ayro, MD; Bernard M. Baluga, MD; Rafael Angelo S. Fernandez, MD; Lara F. Lapeña-Kare, MD; Pio V. Purino Jr., MD; Aquileo C. Rico, MD; Emmanuel C. San Pedro, MD; Ad Hoc Committee for Vascular Surgery


As we are facing an extended enhanced community quarantine for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine Association of Thoracic, Cardiac and Vascular Surgeons, Inc. is releasing a surgical triage recommendation on vascular surgery to cut down on elective surgical procedures. This surgical triage along with other guidelines will help surgeons in their decision making for their patients to avoid contagion of the virus and direct the necessary resources of the hospitals needed for the management of critically-ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. We, as surgeons, have the moral obligation to assist in flattening the COVID-19 curve.


  • The COVID-19PATACSI vascular recommendations are intended to guide vascular surgeons plan their course of action, the best way possible, during this time of pandemic. These are general guidelines intended to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and augment existing institution-based protocols. The recommendations are subject to changes with the introduction of additional international and local guidelines in the treatment of COVID-19. It is important that we respond responsibly with this evolving health problem.

Key words: COVID-19 PATACSI vascular recommendations