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ACS Committee on Trauma releases recommendations on maintaining trauma center access during COVID-19 pandemic

CHICAGO (March 19, 2020): The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) has released a guidance document, “Maintaining Trauma Center Access & Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance Document for Trauma Medical Directors,” that was recently sent to all medical directors of trauma centers. The ACS COT recommendations are intended to provide guidance to facilitate trauma centers’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and assist with safe access to care for injured patients who require time-sensitive life-saving interventions.

“The current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic threatens to overwhelm the health care system and thus impact the ability to care for critically injured patients and other surgical emergencies,” the document notes.

The ACS COT advises Trauma Medical Directors and Trauma Program Managers to be actively engaged in the regional and hospital planning process for providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ACS COT recommendations cover the following aspects of the planning process:

  • Regional Planning
  • Hospital Planning
  • Policies & Procedures to Protect and Support Trauma Team
  • Strategies at Point of Care
  • Strategies for Managing Scarce Resources

The full guidance document is available online:

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About the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT)
The ACS COT was formed in 1922 and has put forth a continuous effort to improve care of injured patients in our society. Today trauma activities are administered through an 86-member committee overseeing a field force of more than 3,500 Fellows who are working to develop and implement meaningful programs for trauma care in local, regional, national, and international arenas. The ACS COT strives to improve the care of injured patients before, during, and after hospitalization.