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Blueprint for restructuring a department of surgery in concert with the health care system during a pandemic: the University of Wisconsin Experience.

Zarzaur BL, Stahl CC, Greenberg JA, et al. Blueprint for restructuring a department of surgery in concert with the health care system during a pandemic: the University of Wisconsin Experience. JAMA Surg. 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1386.

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May 6, 2020
Zarzaur BL, Stahl CC, Greenberg JA, et al. JAMA Surg. 2020.

This article describes the approaches taken by one health system’s Incident Command Team to prepare for the demand on healthcare resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Approaches discussed include administrative restructuring to leverage a team-of-teams approach, changes to departmental and interdisciplinary communication approaches, reorganizing, synchronizing and deploying clinicians across specialties to deliver necessary care, and developing ‘strike teams’ with expertise in intubation and airway management.

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Zarzaur BL, Stahl CC, Greenberg JA, et al. Blueprint for restructuring a department of surgery in concert with the health care system during a pandemic: the University of Wisconsin Experience. JAMA Surg. 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1386.