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Sally Garneski
Dan Hamilton

COVID-19: American College of Surgeons issues statement on maintaining the emergency care system

CHICAGO (April 8, 2020): As hospitals around the U.S. are faced with a surge of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, the ability for trauma centers to care for injured patients is severely compromised. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) recently issued a statement calling for strategies to preserve capacity and capability to care for injured patients. The statement includes seven recommendations for hospital and health care system leaders to consider.

One of the recommendations is to develop a regional medical operations center (RMOC) to coordinate the distribution of COVID-19 patients across area hospitals. The ACS released a document specifically on this topic, “How to Set Up a Regional Medical Operations Center to Manage the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which covers essential information such as the role of the RMOC, the decision makers who need to be present, and the steps to take to set up the RMOC.

The ACS Statement on the Importance of Maintaining the Emergency Care System during the COVID-19 Pandemic is available on the ACS website.

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