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New Webinar: The COVID-19 Pandemic Breast Cancer Consortium

The American College of Surgeons (ACS), National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), and Commission on Cancer (CoC) are co-hosting a new webinar "The COVID-19 Pandemic Breast Cancer Consortium" on Monday, April 13, at 7:00 pm ET. The webinar will cover recommendations for prioritization, treatment, and triage of breast cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Representatives from American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS), National Comprehensive Care Network (NCCN) and American College of Radiology (ACR) will also join. Register here.

Cancer Surgeons: Take a Short Survey on Changing Treatment Priorities and Prevention Measures during COVID

Drastic measures have been taken around the world to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to increase/shift resources from most health care domains to emergency units and intensive care to prevent a collapse of health care systems, to avoid depletion of caretaker numbers and to minimize avoidable COVID-19 deaths.

These measures already have had an impact on the treatment of other conditions, including cancer. Cancer care across the world has been reassessed and treatments often delayed, and these compromises and risks will increase as COVID-19 reaches its peak.

It is important to hear from surgeons who provide care to cancer patients to help inform the evolving discussion. Take this brief, five-minute flash survey, which is meant to open a differentiated discussion of the values, priorities, and necessary measures to cope with COVID-19 without jeopardizing cancer care or the economic and social foundations of our societies.

Health Security: A Shift in Mindset Is the Best Defense Against a Global Pandemic

Why should planning for global health care events such as the COVID-19 pandemic go beyond responding to patients who are sick to developing an expanded approach to health security? This question is the focus of an editorial published April 8 in the Boston Globe that states, “Being well prepared…is not the same as being secure in the first place.” The authors—Noubar Afeyan, a biochemical engineer, and Ara Darzi, chair of surgery, Imperial College of London, U.K.—call for a “global pathogen shield” to support a government-led, rapid-response system to develop and deploy new vaccines for novel diseases. This approach to enhanced health security planning also should be applied to health care more broadly, note the authors, who underscore the need for a shift toward a health security mindset that focuses on “investment on interventions to prevent, delay, or derail disease in the first place.”

In Case You Missed It: The Blue Book

The American College of Surgeons recently released The Blue Book: Military-Civilian Partnerships for Trauma Training, Sustainment, and Readiness.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Action Alert: Support Practices Affected by COVID-19

AAOS Advocacy Action Center

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COVID-19 Intubation/Cardiac Arrest Pre-Entry Checklist

Critical Care Management of COVID-19