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March 2022

Trauma kits to be installed in every city building in Chicago under 'Stop the Bleed' program
Health Day, March 1, 2022

“Chicago officials on Tuesday announced the expansion of the 'Stop the Bleed' program, which will provide the kits in every city building. [...] More than 500 kits are already installed in 350 city buildings, including public libraries, City Hall and Navy Pier.The Stop the Bleed program was created in 2015 by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. The program has trained more than 1.5 million people.”

February 2022

Standard Protocol Cuts Opioid Rx After Pediatric Appendectomy
Health Day, February 23, 2022

“A standardized prescribing protocol can minimize opioid prescriptions at the time of discharge for pediatric appendectomy patients, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

‘Elective surgery is essential surgery,’ says American College of Surgeons
Healio, February 14, 2022

“The American College of Surgeons has issued comments on elective surgery during the recent surge in COVID-19 cases stating, “Elective surgery is essential surgery.””

The State of Telemedicine in Surgery
General Surgery News, February 8, 2022

“At the 2021 virtual annual American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, current and future trends in telemedicine in surgery and surgical education were discussed by three experts: Aaron Lesher, MD, an associate professor of surgery and pediatrics at Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston; Joe Sharma, MD, the vice chair of quality, patient safety and care innovation at Emory University, in Atlanta; and Christopher Schlachta, MD, a professor of surgery at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, in Western University, London, Ontario.”

Dr. Bonnie Simpson Mason named 1st director of diversity for American College of Surgeons
Becker's Spine Review, February 7, 2022

“Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD, was named the first medical director of diversity, equity and inclusion for the American College of Surgeons. [...] In the role, she will lead initiatives for anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion, according to a Feb. 1 news release. She will work with stakeholders to assess potential barriers and identify opportunities to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.”

Americans get sicker as omicron stalls everything from heart surgeries to cancer care
NPR, February 4, 2022

“"The impact on surgery is incredibly broad," says Dr. Patricia Turner, executive director of the American College of Surgeons. "It's going to be felt for a long time." [...] Hospitals have processes for evaluating which operations can't afford to wait. The American College of Surgeons publishes guidelines for decision-making around elective surgeries.”

January 2022

Counting Covid-19 Cases Doesn’t Capture the Pandemic’s Impact
The New York Times, January 26, 2022

“But other unnecessary deaths are only now being set in motion. When hospitals fill up during Covid surges, for example, elective surgeries are postponed. Yet “elective” — a designation that applies to everything from cancer removal to joint replacement and accounts for about 90 percent of operations in the U.S. — doesn’t mean “optional.” “Elective cases are no less essential, but they can be scheduled,” says Patricia Turner, executive director of the American College of Surgeons, which published guidance early in the pandemic for how hospitals should triage patients. “Patients who delay their surgery may be worse by the time they get to the operating room.” If they have complications or don’t survive, however, that Covid-related delay won’t be listed as their cause of death or disability.”

Black Women and Breast Cancer: Experts Discuss Shortcomings in Care
General Surgery News, January 26, 2022

“Black women have more aggressive breast cancer at a young age than other women, and they’re more likely to die at a young age from these cancers. But they don’t have the same opportunities for screening, genetic testing, treatment and clinical trial participation, experts in oncology reported during a panel session at the 2021 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.”

Blacks Increased Telemedicine Use for Surgical Consults
The New York Times, January 21, 2022

“There was increased use of telemedicine for surgical consults among some historically underrepresented patient groups during the second phase of the pandemic, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.”

Telemedicine use grows among Black patients, but barriers remain
Health Leaders, January 18, 2022

“The study, published online this week in Journal of the American College of Surgeons, found that in-person visits increased among Black and White patients as the pandemic dragged on in mid-2020. And while White patients continued to be majority users of video telehealth, Black patients were 50% more likely to have virtual visits than white patients.”