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American College of Surgeons releases recommendations for surgical management of elective operations during COVID-19 pandemic

CHICAGO (March 13, 2020): Today, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) released recommendations for management of elective surgical procedures and essential resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The College recommends hospitals, health systems, and surgeons enact plans to minimize, postpone, or cancel elective operations at the current time until we are “confident that our health care infrastructure can support a potentially rapid and overwhelming uptick in critical patient care needs.” The ACS calls on surgeons to take a leadership role in their practice settings so that these recommendations can begin to take effect immediately.

The recommendations can be viewed online:

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