AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS
Dear WA ACS Membership,
Undoubtedly all of us are aware of the significant concerns the COVID19 pandemic is causing in our state and around the world. As we cope with how best to prepare and respond to uncertain times ahead I wanted to remind all of you that the ACS and the state chapter stand ready to support its surgeons and their institutions, in any way possible. By now you have all likely seen the recommendations from the Surgeon General, ACS and NIH recommending suspending elective surgical procedures. I understand how challenging this can be for a practice and institution to consider, particularly if few cases have been reported in your local area. However, prevention is the only measure of defense we have at this time. Consider the potential impact if a single unknowingly infected patient passes through your OR and the risks of this scenario.
Link below for your reference is a rather detailed paper describing the precautions and practices adopted in one large hospital in Singapore while dealing with the pandemic. I am sure your institution has knowledgeable professionals at work on infection control, but the OR is often an area of less focus for infectious control practices. Please let us know if there is any way we can support you in these challenging times.
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Matthew Eckert MD FACS
Message from the President
April 14, 2020
Dear Washington ACS Chapter Members,
I hope that this message finds all of you healthy and doing as well as possible during these unprecedented times. While our state appears to be beyond the predicted COVID-19 peak, we all know things can change and the process of moving forward remains uncertain and with heightened risk for healthcare providers. So, please be safe while continuing the important work you do.
The Oregon and Washington Councils have made the official decision to cancel the June 2020 WA/OR Meeting at Sun River. The OR Council is currently working with Sun River and its membership to decide whether to hold a late August/September meeting or cancel the 2020 meeting altogether. Sue and I will forward information as soon as it is available. If any members have opinions or suggestions regarding the scheduling please feel free to respond to Sue or myself and we can relay those comments to Dr. Kiraly and the Oregon Council.
If you have already made Sun River reservations for June, please call Sun River resort to process your refunds. If you have already registered for the meeting, the OR Chapter will forward your registration fees to the delayed meeting, or if you cannot/choose not to attend, will refund your registration. Please contact Mr. Harvey Gail (OR administrator), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pending the OR Council decision we will announce plans for handling WA abstracts for this year. Options include presentation at a later meeting, presentation in an alternative venue or possibly virtually. The WA cancer abstracts that are eligible for the CoC Competition will be reviewed and authors notified of their selection for the national competition.
Matthew Eckert MD FACS
President, WA State Chapter ACS