The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has compiled guides for surgeons and patients about getting vaccinated, preparing for surgery, and more.
As surgeons, having difficult conversations with our patients is part of the job. Now we need your help in starting a new conversation: speaking with your patients about being vaccinated against COVID-19.
Are you confused by the term "elective surgery"? During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, elective surgery often has been misunderstood to mean an operation that may not really be needed. Elective surgery is essential surgery.
As health care facilities resume operations paused due to COVID-19, a new survey shows a majority of people are reluctant to undergo procedures and may not reschedule necessary care while COVID-19 continues to circulate in communities. To help surgeons and hospitals address patient concerns, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has developed Preparing to Have Surgery during the Time of COVID-19.
Research shows that patients have many questions and specific uncertainties about the safety of undergoing elective operations in hospitals, regardless of whether COVID-19 patients are being concurrently treated in the same facility. Patients are increasingly requesting information about their facility's readiness for safely performing surgery, and they trust their surgeon to deliver safe and high-quality care, as well as provide information on how they will do so. To address this, the ACS has developed this checklist to help surgeons ultimately communicate to their patients the important items they want to know.
The American College of Surgeons has developed a quick video emphasizing the precautions the public should take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s a message surgeons know well, as they take these simple steps daily to prevent the spread of disease.