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Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation COVID-19 Projections

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), an independent global health research center at the University of Washington, Seattle, has published data on hospital resource use, projected deaths per day, and total projected deaths.

RAS-ACS Supports, Engages, and Educates Young Surgeons during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) is offering activities to help support young surgeons in this unprecedented time. The RAS-ACS is organizing weekly "hangouts" to allow a forum for students, trainees, and young surgeons to share stories, best practices from our institutions, and an opportunity to connect with each other and have a support network. The RAS-ACS also is providing weekly online educational sessions for students and residents, and the schedule can be found online. Additional information and content updates will be posted in our newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter (@RASACS).

AORN Offers Information on Infection Prevention to Support Health Care Personnel

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) offers updated clinical information to support nurses and health care teams during COVID-19 Pandemic. The AORN website offers tips on cleaning the operating room, videos on proper handwashing techniques, and guidelines for evidence-based infection prevention. AORN also continues to monitor the COVID-19 status and has provided a tool kit regularly updated links to important resources to support decision-making in your perioperative practice. Access the resources and tool kit.

ICYMI: ACS Cancer Programs Host Webinars on COIVD-19 Guidelines for Triage and Management of Cancer Patients

To support the recently released American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) COVID-19 Guidelines for Triage of Elective Cancer Surgery Patients, ACS Cancer Programs hosted a series of webinars with clinical experts to review the guidelines and answer questions. The recorded sessions are available for viewing on the Cancer Programs section.

The breast cancer session, moderated by National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) Chair Scott H. Kurtzman, MD, FACS, reviewed the recently released guidance document Recommendations for Prioritization, Treatment and Triage of Breast Cancer Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Executive Summary, produced collaboratively by the NAPBC, Commission on Cancer (CoC), the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). Steven Wexner, MD, PhD(Hon), FACS, FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Ed), FRCSI(Hon), Hon FRCS(Glasg), National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) Chair, moderated a webinar focusing on the guidelines for patients with colorectal cancer, while Daniel Boffa, MD, FACS, Chair of the CoC Quality Integration Committee, moderated the session on guidelines for thoracic patients.

Podcast Focuses on Legal Issues Associated with PPE and Redeployment

Being a physician during the COVID-19 outbreak presents clear medical struggles, but what about the legal dimensions of practicing during a pandemic? Ann Bittinger, a health care attorney, was a guest on a the most recent episode of the Hippocratic Hustle podcast and answered various legal questions, including “Do hospitals have to provide physicians with PPE and what happens if they don't?” and “Can my employer reassign me to a critical care unit, ER, or other department?” Listen now.

Coloproctology Organization Offers Framework for Managing Patients with Bowel Cancer

The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland has provided a framework to help colorectal cancer multidisciplinary teams manage patients diagnosed with bowel cancer during the COVID-19 outbreak. Access the statement.