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Triage and Surgical Management

Trauma Center Access and Care
Regional and hospital planning; policies and procedures; strategies for OR, ICU, and trauma bay; PPE; blood products

Triage Guidelines for Surgical Care
Considerations for medical management vs surgical management for specific conditions

Recommendations for Management of Elective Surgical Procedures

Perioperative Management of PUI and COVID-19 Positive Patients
Surgical scheduling, patient screening, patient transport, OR setup, intubation, extubation, noninvasive ventilation, and care specific to obstetric patients (Updated 5/5)

Considerations for Optimum Surgeon Protection
PPE, intubation risks, operative risks, post-op and recovery, keeping your family safe

OR Preparation and Guidance for Suspected and Positive Cases
Infection control workflow including staffing roles during pre-, intra-, post-op, and follow-up phases

Procedure Recommendations

Laparoscopy and the Risk of Aerosolization
Recommendation, technique, and extraction of specimens

Tracheotomy Recommendations from the CSO-HNS
Procedural considerations for emergent and elective tracheotomy

Tracheotomy Recommendations from the AAO-HNS
Includes rationale, risks, timing, testing, resource allocation, and PPE

Quarantine Resources

Guidance for Healthcare Provider Quarantine and Return to Work
Consensus Statement from the Inter-Corporate COVID-19 Collaboration Group

Intake Form for Clinicians Under Quarantine
Only use for quarantine; do not use for exposures alone

What Do I Do if I’m Quarantined at Home?
10 ways to protect yourself and others

Occupational Health Screening Sign-Up Form
Complete this form if you’re unsure if you should return to work

Resuming Elective Care

Joint EVPS & AMSURG Statement on Resuming Hospital, Ambulatory Surgery Center, and Office-Based Elective Care (EVPS Download | AMSURG Download)

Patient Care Resources

Critical Care Training for Non-Critical Care Trained Providers
One-page guidelines on how to respond to 22 different scenarios, such as hypotension, hypoxemia, peak inspiratory pressure, blood gas results, intubation, altered mental status, hyperkalemia, and more

Guidance to Minimize Risk During COVID-19 Code Blue
Staffing and assigned tasks inside and outside patient room during code

Critical Care Management for COVID-19: Literature Review and Recommendations
Considers benefit and harm, resource and cost implications, equity, and feasibility in 5 areas: infection control, lab diagnosis and specimens, hemodynamic support, ventilatory support, and COVID-19 therapy

Cardiac Arrest Management: Summary
Key points for maintaining clinician safety while providing CPR and intubating

Guidance for Basic and Advanced Life Support
Detailed strategies and rationales for providing timely and high-quality resuscitation while also protecting rescuers

Pharmacologic Treatments for COVID-19: Literature Review
Review of efficacy of multiple drugs, including repurposed and investigational drugs and adjunctive therapies

PPE Guidance and Clinician Safety

Recommendations for PPE Utilization
Consensus Statement from the Inter-Corporate COVID-19 Collaboration Group

Guidance for Clinicians with Underlying Medical Conditions
Consensus Statement from the Inter-Corporate COVID-19 Collaboration Group

Steps to Keep You and Your Family Safe at Home

Steps for Safely Putting on and Removing PPE

Strategies for PPE Conservation from the CDC
Extensive guidelines for conserving PPE during expected or known shortages of supply; includes administrative, engineering, and PPE controls