American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

The intent of this newsletter is to provide readers with a summary of the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) activities related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We summarize clinical guidance and issues, updates on promising therapies, recommendations and information on the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE), links to peer-reviewed literature, resources to help surgeons maintain their well-being, and details about educational events. 

But this newsletter simply serves as a guide to these topics and as a navigation tool for the bigger picture, which is posted twice a week on the ACS website in conjunction with the release of the newsletter. Surgeons who are interested in learning about specific topics, particularly if they were covered in previous issues of the newsletter, are encouraged to go directly to facs.org/covid-19. A toolbar on the left-hand side of the page allows you to search for COVID-19 content, review past issues of the newsletter, and look up specific information by category.

Since early March, the College has turned its considerable resources to the pandemic, but, as is always the case, the march of human events continued. Among these are the ebb and flow of the passage of life itself. In the past week, two icons of surgery died—F. William Blaisdell, MD, FACS, and David Margolin, MD, FACS, FASCRS. In this issue we highlight these two major figures who changed the lives of many surgeons and surgery itself.

As well, ACS events and work of a non-pandemic nature move onward. As “normal” appears on the distant horizon, it is time to look forward to other ACS work. Read more.