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COVID-19 News
 

In the past few weeks, we have witnessed many changes and developments as it relates to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We trust you and those around you are taking the necessary safety precautions to avoid this virus which was labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

Please see updates and resources below that provide answers to frequently asked questions, and consider these in your planning and preparation.

 

UPCOMING WEBINARSClick here for details and information on previous webinars.

 

  • COVID-19 and Trauma presented by TCAA

TCAA members join the webinar "COVID-19 and Trauma" presented by Dr. Henry Cryer, Dr. D'andrea Joseph, and Dr. Eileen Bulger & moderated by Dr. Martin Schreiber. Monday, March 30th at 2PM EDT. Register at https://www.traumacenters.org/page/Registrationwebinar.

 

  • COVID-19 Clinical Rounds

Lifesaving Treatment and Clinical Operations: Critical Care (Part 2)
A Peer to Peer Virtual Community of Practice

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM MDT
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PDT
  • STN COVID-19 Town Hall Webinar: Reports from the Field

Join STN leaders and your colleagues on Tuesday, March 31st at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on trauma centers and systems.

 

Please share this information with your colleagues. All interested trauma nurses (members and non-members) are invited to participate in this important session. Please contact  Stephanie Czuhajewski  for more information.

  • Global Response to COVID-19

Join the Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS) in collaboration with the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma-International Relations Committee (AAST-IRC) and the World Coalition for Trauma Care ( WCTC) for the third in a series of webinars on the global response to COVID-19. The webinar will take place on April 1st at 12:30 PM ET.

 

ACS ACCREDITATION and VERIFICATION PROGRAMS GRANT ONE YEAR EXTENSIONS


The American College of Surgeons 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 have made the commitment to Quality by participating 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 an extension of one year 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:

  • Commission on Cancer (CoC)
  • Children’s Surgery Verification (CSV)
  • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
  • National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer (NAPBC)
  • National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC)
  • Trauma Verification (Trauma VRC)

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 in the preparation for an onsite review.  We anticipate resuming site visits when it seems 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, please review the below details and contact information for your program.

 

For centers participating in our Trauma Verification program, this means all onsite visits scheduled from March through the remainder of 2020 will be postponed by as long as one year. We will also work with programs pursuing initial verification to schedule site visits beginning early next year. Centers pending focused visits, (either onsite or by mail,) will be contacted by ACS staff for next steps. Trauma Verification staff will contact you once this crisis has subsided to schedule your site visit.

 

In addition, all programs due for a site visit in 2021, 2022 and 2023 will be pushed back to allow adequate time to fully recover from this crisis and return to regular program operations.

 

The verification status of all programs will be maintained during this time. We understand normal trauma program operations might be disrupted at this time. Where standards cannot be met due to these disruptions, we will maintain some flexibility in the application of the standard(s).

 

Our goal is to support you during this challenging time and eliminate any burden that maintaining verification might pose on you; including site visits. We appreciate your commitment to our Trauma Verification program and to your patients and wish you well during this difficult time. If you have any questions, please contact Trauma Verification staff at COTVRC@facs.org.


 

HOW IS THE CORONAVIRUS SPREAD? HOW DO I AVOID CONTRACTING THE VIRUS? WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

 

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the Coronavirus is spread through direct person to person contact. Avoid contracting the virus by limiting close contact especially with someone coughing or sneezing. Also, wash your hands frequtnly, and use hand sanitizer if soap isn’t available. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. For more information visit  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

 

WHAT GUIDANCE IS BEING OFFERED FOR CLINICIANS AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS?

 

The UW Medicine COVID-19 Public Site provides documents and resources related to screening, testing and policy statements to assist providers. Please be mindful that these resources are constantly evolving and any information provided is subject to change. Learn more at  https://covid-19.uwmedicine.org.


The UW Department of Emergency Medicine ED/ICU also released a COVID-19 guide to educate clinicians and providers on how to prepare for combating the virus, preventing the spread of the virus and caring for infected patients. The guide is updated frequently and can be accessed here.


The American College of Surgeons issued a document providing guidance for Trauma Medical Directors during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic including tips for planning, suggested policies and procedures and strategies for care. Click herefor the full text of the document.

 

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