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.
Link to article -- Click here
Matthew Eckert MD FACS