June 4, 2020

ACS releases new resources to help prepare patients for surgery delayed by COVID-19

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

The American College of Surgeons on June 3 released new resources to help surgeons and hospitals address patients’ concerns about having surgical procedures that were delayed by COVID-19.

The document, “Preparing to have surgery during the time of COVID-19,” includes a patient-surgeon discussion guide with suggested questions patients can ask surgeons to help them feel more prepared about returning to healthcare facilities for their procedures.

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The guide also includes patient concerns, such as how the check-in process has changed, what to expect during appointments, safeguards to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and how the pandemic may change postoperative care.

There is also a companion document to help surgeons prepare answers to anticipated patient questions and enlist members of the patient’s care team and administration in the preparation process.


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