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COVID-19 and Surgery

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has developed COVID-19 and Surgery as an online resource for the surgical community facing the impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Content has been developed or curated under the auspices of ACS Regents and Officers to bring surgeons trusted information, including best practices and guidance that specifically target the concerns and challenges surgeons face. As the COVID-19 landscape is rapidly changing, this website is updated several times weekly and houses past editions of our electronic newsletter Bulletin: ACS COVID-19 Update. If you have any relevant information you want to bring to our attention, please email covid19@facs.org.

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Clinical Issues and Guidance

ACS provides guidance documents on management of non-emergent operations and triage of elective procedures.

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Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

The availability and proper use of personal protection equipment (PPE) is vital for all health care workers during COVID-19.

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Ethical Considerations

The ACS Committee on Ethics has prepared some guiding principles to help our Fellows and their institutions in their decision-making process. 

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Assistance and Well-Being

ACS is committed to the health and well-being of surgeons and the health care community. We offer tips, tools, and curated resources focused on well-being.

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Legislative and Regulatory Updates

ACS and other surgical societies are vigorously advocating for a COVID-19 package from Congress. We’re also tracking other state and federal initiatives addressing the impact of COVID-19 on hospitals and patient care.

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Peer-Reviewed Publications

Trusted peer-reviewed documents curated by ACS leaders specific to the concerns and challenges surgeons face during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The American College of Surgeons is committed to providing the surgical community with information that can guide quality care during the COVID-19 global health pandemic. College leadership and others review information before it is released. However, given the nature of the situation and how quickly the science is evolving, what is presently thought to be accurate may change. Information will be updated whenever possible.