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COVID-19 News Coverage

Medical workers concerned some elective surgeries are still ongoing amid the coronavirus outbreak
USA Today, April 1, 2020

“The American College of Surgeons cited the financial pressure in ‘ethical guidelines’ it released recently.  

‘Health systems, and federal and state governments should begin developing comprehensive solutions to address the financial impact on hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers that result from canceled operations, so that these perceived financial risks do not influence some surgeons to continue to perform elective operations,’ read the guidelines.”

Hospitals Cancel Elective Surgeries Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
WBUR, March 31, 2020

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Dr. David Hoyt, executive director of the American College of Surgeons, about qualifies as an elective surgery and why he thinks it's important to cancel them.”

These Doctors Have Specialties. Fighting Coronavirus Wasn’t One of Them.
The New York Times, March 23, 2020

“For specialists who treat high-risk demographics, the best medical advice for the coronavirus outbreak can feel contradictory: To stay safe, try to avoid the doctor’s office. Both the Surgeon General and the American College of Surgeons have advised that hospitals cancel elective procedures in the coming weeks, and some states have ordered postponements.”

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing
The White House, March 18, 2020

“And I want to thank the medical societies, such as the American College of Surgeons and the American Dental Association, that took a proactive approach and already posted these recommendations.  And we’ve also talked to the American Medical Association, and they have fully indicated their support for this recommendation.  We now invite the entire healthcare community to join us in this effort.”

Your elective surgery will be canceled. It’s for everyone’s good.
The Washington Post, March 16, 2020

“To aid in deciding urgent vs. non-urgent, hospitals should be developing a triage algorithm, says David Hoyt, executive director of the American College of Surgeons, whose organization plans to release a triage primer as a guide for hospitals. Algorithms can help hospitals assign patients into tiers based on low, intermediate and high acuity. An orthopedic surgery in a patient who has minimal symptoms probably can be delayed. A surgery for a low-risk cancer also could be delayed. But certain cancers have a time window and surgeries probably should not be postponed, Hoyt says. Each hospital has different resource capacities that also must be considered.”

Hospitals Push Off Surgeries to Make Room for Coronavirus Patients
The Wall Street Journal, March 16, 2020

“The American College of Surgeons Friday recommended hospitals be prepared to call off elective surgeries. ‘That doesn’t mean that everyone should cancel surgery tomorrow,’ said David Hoyt, the executive director. ‘Start thinking about it.’”

Surgeon General advises hospitals to cancel elective surgeries
POLITICO, March 14, 2020

“Adams was responding to new recommendations from the American College of Surgeons issued Friday. The group said hospitals, health systems and surgeons should ‘thoughtfully review’ all their scheduled operations and consider canceling or postponing them ‘until we have passed the predicted inflection point’ in the disease spread and ‘can be confident that our health care infrastructure can support a potentially rapid and overwhelming uptick in critical patient care needs.’”


March 2020

50 patient safety experts to know | 2020
Becker's Hospital Review, March 11, 2020

"Clifford Ko, MD. Director of the American College of Surgeons' Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care. As director of the division of research and optimal patient care at the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Ko oversees all the organization's quality improvement programs, including the cancer accreditation program and the trauma verification program. He is also director of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, an outcomes-based program that measures surgical care quality with the goal of improving it. Dr. Ko is the Robert and Kelly Day Professor of Surgery at University of California Los Angeles and has received millions of dollars in grant funding to study quality of care from several sources, including the National Institutes of Health and the CDC."

What it’s like to specialize in general surgery: Shadowing Dr. Welsh
American Medical Association, March 4, 2020

"The online resource students interested in general surgery should follow: I recommend Up to Date, YouTube and the American College of Surgeons general surgery community as online resources."

February 2020

U.S. Medical Panel Thinks Twice About Pushing Cognitive Screening For Dementia
Kaiser Health News, February 25, 2020

"In a statement published last fall, the American Academy of Neurology recommended that all patients 65 and older seen by neurologists get yearly cognitive health assessments. Also, the American Diabetes Association  recommends that all adults with diabetes age 65 and older be screened for cognitive impairment at an initial visit and annually thereafter 'as appropriate.' And the American College of Surgeons now recommends screening older adults for cognitive impairment before surgery."

Pass bills to reduce firearm violence through research, limiting magazine capacity
The Seattle Times, February 19, 2020

"Rather, the approach is in alignment with the American College of Surgeons’ recommendations to tackle firearm injury, death and disability as a public-health crisis rather than a divisive political problem. It would yield valuable information to help policymakers and the public find common ground."

‘Every five minutes there’s a road accident fatality in Pakistan’
Samaa News, February 15, 2020

"There are different levels of trauma centres and a good emergency care system consists of the proper balance of these.

Dr [Bulger] elaborated on the different levels of trauma centres required to deal with injuries and how research by the American College of Surgeons had shown the right balance lowered mortality by 23%."

Tourniquet Saved Life Of Baltimore Police Officer Shot Yesterday, Says Dr. Thomas Scalea Physician-In-Chief At Maryland Shock Trauma Center
Forbes, February 13, 2020

"The use of medical grade tourniquets, when applied correctly to a limb, are also an integral part of a campaign known as 'Stop the Bleed'. The goal of the campaign, developed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma in 2012 after the Sandy Hook tragedy, is to teach bleeding control techniques to those in the community, including application of tourniquets."

Virtual Cross-Matching May Speed Kidney Transplant Process
Physician's Weekly, February 11, 2020

"Virtual cross-matching may reduce cold ischemia time (CIT) for donor organs in kidney transplants, according to a study published online Feb. 5 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons."

January 2020

What It Could Take To Cure Statewide Surgeon Shortage, Hawaii Doctors Weigh In
Hawaii Public Radio, January 28, 2020

"Hawaii is facing a major shortage of surgeons in the state, but it is especially acute in rural areas on Maui and Hawaii Island.

Dr. Whitney Limm, the governor of the Hawaii Chapter of American College of Surgeons, described the factors that are contributing to the shortage."

America can’t afford billions in surprise medical bills
The Washington Post, January 17, 2020

"We support efforts to prevent patients from receiving surprise medical bills. Patients should be kept out of disputes between insurers and physicians. And we continue to encourage legislation that protects patients from surprise medical bills, promotes access to appropriate medical care, and encourages insurers to negotiate in good faith with physicians to establish adequate provider networks and fair remuneration."

U.S. Cancer Mortality Rate Declines, But Disparities In Treatment Point To Access Problems
Forbes, January 9, 2020

"In “Disparities in Receiving Guideline-Concordant Treatment for Lung Cancer in the U.S.” Dr. Erik Blom and colleagues report that the probability of receiving the guideline-recommended treatments is even lower than 62% for African American patients and the elderly.

The findings are based on a review of nearly 442,000 lung cancer cases diagnosed between 2010 and 2014 in the U.S. National Cancer Database."

The 25 best jobs of 2020
U.S. News & World Report, January 7, 2020

"Surgeons may spend hours a day on their feet, operating on patients to treat injuries, diseases and deformities. In these high-stress jobs, working irregular hours isn’t uncommon, and you may be constantly on call. But the work you do could save someone’s life.

Surgeons must attend medical school and then complete a residency. According to the American College of Surgeons, surgical residencies last a minimum of five years."

Older People Need Geriatricians. Where Will They Come From?
The New York Times, January 3, 2020

“To some extent, this is already happening. Medical associations representing cardiologists and oncologists have begun focusing on older patients, Ms. Lundebjerg pointed out.

Health systems are adopting age-friendly approaches, like specialized emergency rooms. The American College of Surgeons’ new verification program sets standards hospitals should meet to improve results for older patients.”