Tag Archive for ‘COVID-19’

Cancer: The silent pandemic

Source: Roser M, Ortiz-Ospina E, Ritchie H (2013). Life expectancy. Available online at ourworldindata.org

Presidential Address: #SurgeonsSowingHope: Enhanced postoperative recovery and elevated healing

Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS, identified lessons learned from enhanced postoperative recovery and how this approach may be applied to challenges raised by the pandemic in her Presidential Address at Clinical Congress 2021.

Surgeon advocacy in state government: Listening and planning for future engagement

Summarizes key focus group findings regarding ACS state advocacy resources and outlines state legislative priorities in 2022, especially issues related to COVID-19.

Patient autonomy and end-of-life care: A COVID-19 story

The author describes a difficult decision involving patient autonomy and end-of-life care in the form of a phone call, during the height of New York City’s pandemic crisis, from a woman who  sounded to be in respiratory distress but refused to go to the hospital.

Lessons learned about the ACS Quality Verification Program and pilot hospitals’ pandemic response

Describes how ACS QVP standards helped guide hospital leaders in effectively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights how this program establishes a national model for surgical quality through a scalable infrastructure.

YFA Communications Committee Essay Contest 2021: An introduction

The introduction to the first-place winner of the 2021 ACS YFA Communications Committee Essay Contest highlights the inspiration for this year’s theme.

YFA Communications Committee Essay Contest 2021: Starting 2021 off right: Positive lessons learned from a pandemic and how medicine has pushed forward

Laura S. Johnson, MD, FCCP, FACS, the winner of the 2021 YFA Communications Committee Essay Contest, describes the evolution of collaboration and networking during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lessons from COVID-19: Why adaptation is needed for surgical climate readiness

Strategies for managing the COVID-19 pandemic response, such as increasing energy and resource efficiency, could inform the surgeon’s role in climate change mitigation.

Tips for turning a strategic plan into active advocacy

Summarizes the differences between passive and active advocacy and identifies the importance of strategic planning for developing policy solutions.

2020 Eisenberg Award winners show dedication to QI despite challenges of pandemic

The notable achievements of the recipients of the 2020 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards are highlighted.

ACS “Talk It Up” campaign helps surgeons speak with patients about COVID-19 vaccination

Describes the resources available in the ACS Talk It Up campaign, which was developed to help surgeons address patient concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

ACS joins call for COVID-19 vaccine mandates for all health care workers

Health care professional societies collaborated on a statement endorsing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers.

Joint statement in support of COVID-19 vaccine mandates for all workers in health and long-term care

More than 50 health care professional organizations called for all health care employers to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in a joint statement.

Surgeon advocacy in action: Challenges, accomplishments, and future direction

Summarizes examples of advocacy-related successes in the areas of surprise billing and administrative burden, and describes current issues, including pandemic-related challenges, that are the focus of surgeon-advocates today.


2019 state legislative review: State legislatures tackle a range of patient safety, access, and quality of care issues

2021 state legislative session wrap-up: Advancing surgical priorities in a time of uncertainty

Action on state legislative priorities in 2021, including bills addressing COVID-19, surprise billing for out-of-network services, and expanding access to care is summarized.

COVID-19’s impact on advocacy: Virtual versus in-person meetings

The benefits and challenges of virtual advocacy activities are described as are the advantages of hybrid virtual and in-person advocacy meetings.

Vaccination hesitancy and a positive response to the call to action for volunteers

The Joint Commission’s response to provider concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccination is summarized.

Social determinants of health and surgery: An overview

Describes the social determinants of health such as economics, environment, education, and access to care and examines these factors within a surgical quality improvement framework.

Well-played: An interview with Dr. Phuong D. Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen—a pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeon and member of an indie rock band—describes his experience performing at the 2021 virtual presidential inauguration celebration.

COVID 19: Looking back on the past year’s challenges

The challenges faced by health care professionals during the peak of COVID-19, including rapidly evolving guidelines and patient surges, are summarized.


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