The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has been closely monitoring the progression of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the work of our front-line providers and systems of care. We are especially connected with hospitals that participate in one or more of the ACS verification/accreditation programs. During this difficult time, we are continuously reviewing what we can do to help you.
The College is granting a one-year extension for hospitals currently accredited and verified. This additional year will extend the standard three-year verification to a four-year verification, for sites in good standing, in any of the ACS programs:
We know hospitals are diverting resources, limiting visitors, and placing mandatory travel bans on their staff. This one-year extension will alleviate the time and effort usually required to prepare for an onsite review. We anticipate resuming site visits when appropriate.
From all of us at ACS, thank you for all you are doing for your patients, providers, families and communities. We appreciate your commitment to our Quality Programs. If you have any specific questions on how this will affect your hospital, ACS programs will be communicating additional information to accredited and verified sites in the coming days.
The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) fully supports the directives urging social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and strongly encourages Advanced Trauma Life Support
We are aware that this will result in difficulties both for the participants who planned to take courses, as well as for the Faculty and Coordinators. For this reason, we are issuing the following guidance:
The ACS COT expects adherence to all governmental and organizational restrictions on gatherings, hosting of meetings on their premises, or business travel for their employees. If you do hold an ATLS Course, make sure that you are appropriately sanitizing your equipment and have the appropriate personnel cleaning supplies for your staff, faculty, and course participants.
Advise potential participants that they will not be admitted to a course if should they demonstrate signs of cold- or flu-like illnesses. We recommend liberal policies regarding refunds for canceled courses or non-admittance due to potential illness.
The best way to ensure the health and safety of our patients is to prioritize the health and safety of the healthcare community. The ATLS Staff and Leadership are committed to assisting all of you during this difficult time. For further assistance with individual concerns, please contact ATLS@facs.org.