Dear CCS Community,
We are reaching out to provide support and reassurance that we are actively following the lightning-paced changing face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to update you on our advocacy and actions taken to support the well-being of our cardiovascular community.
Patients are top priority
For our members, we know that the health and wellbeing of your patients is a top priority. A gentle reminder that to best serve your patients, you need to protect yourself first. We urge members to take all necessary precautions to ensure your health and wellbeing during this situation. Proper infection prevention and control practices are key, but we all need a reminder that self-care like adequate sleep and nutrition and minimizing stress can go a long way to keep you and those around you healthy.
As always, we encourage patients who have specific concerns about their health, including specific cardiac care considerations in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, should contact their physician.
What is the CCS doing?
CCS has been proactively adapting standard practices and putting measures in place to protect the health of our staff, our members, our organization and all stakeholders we interact with. For example, we have suspended any international travel for CCS business for the time being and have expanded our work-from-home protocol. It is, however, business as usual at CCS, and there will be no disruption in availability or service.
Affiliate meetings and the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress
Given the situation, the Canadian Heart Failure Society has determined that this year’s Heart Failure Update is going virtual. This free online event, April 17 and 18, will be sure to provide thought-provoking education sessions and stimulating discussion — all online. For more information, see the CHFS website.
The Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiology has decided to cancel their Summit, which was scheduled for April 17 and 18 in Toronto.
We will provide an update regarding the Canadian Society of Echocardiology’s plan for their Spring meeting as soon as we know.
After significant discussion and consideration, we are working from the premise that we are proceeding with the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress scheduled for October 22 to 25. We are closely monitoring the situation with the health and safety of all of our attendees in mind and will make adaptations in delivery if the situation warrants. Information will be shared with all stakeholders as soon as it becomes available.
The CCS website remains our primary communication tool during this dynamic situation (www.ccs.ca). For up-to-date local info, we encourage you to refer to your local authority or municipal/regional/provincial public health agency.
Other helpful resources:
- For information on the latest number of cases, travel advice, Canada’s response and more, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada
- The World Health Organization is also an excellent source of information.
- The American College of Cardiology has released COVID-19 Clinical Guidance For the Cardiovascular Care Team.
- A free webinar is being offered by the Canadian College of Health Leaders called “Leading in turbulent times – how to guide your teams through the Coronavirus pandemic” Featuring Michael Gardam MSc, MD, CM, MSc, FRCPC, Chief of Medical Staff at Humber River Hospital
March 19th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- COVID-19 and concerns regarding use of ACEi/ARB/ARNi medications for heart failure or hypertension