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Clinical Updates

February 1, 2022

ACS Releases Resource on Defining Elective Surgery during COVID-19 Pandemic

During the ongoing pandemic, elective surgery often has been misunderstood to mean an operation that is optional, rather than necessary. To help inform the public, the ACS recently added comments on this issue to its COVID-19 Resource Center.

In the document, Elective Surgery and COVID-19, the ACS notes: "Most surgery is essential, but certain cases should be prioritized.

In March 2020, the ACS provided guidance for prioritization of operations during COVID-19, noting hospitals should create a Surgical Review Committee, composed of surgery, anesthesiology, and nursing personnel for COVID-19-Related Surgical Triage Decision Making.

View the guidance document.

Deadline Arrives for US Healthcare Workers to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

January 27 was the deadline for unvaccinated healthcare workers in approximately half of US states who work for federally funded institutions to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As reported in The New York Times, "The Biden administration's mandate, which is to take effect in stages, will ultimately affect about 10 million health care workers in 76,000 hospitals, nursing homes, home-health agencies and other providers that participate in Medicaid and Medicare."

States that have not challenged the mandate in court have already started working under the requirement, whereas states that did challenge it will have rolling deadlines through February. The US Supreme Court in January upheld the vaccine requirement for healthcare workers, while striking the requirement for large private businesses.

In 2021, the ACS and many other medical organizations announced their support for vaccine mandates for healthcare workers.

Supporters of the mandate say that millions of individuals have been prompted to get vaccinated because of the requirement, but some believe that the mandate could exacerbate existing healthcare staffing issues that recently have challenged hospitals, nursing homes, and health systems in the US.