ACS Tools to Prepare Patients for Operations

June 5, 2020
As healthcare facilities resume operations that were delayed due to COVID-19, surveys show a majority of people are reluctant to undergo procedures while COVID-19 continues to spread. To help surgeons and hospitals address patient concerns, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has released a new resource document, Preparing to have surgery during the time of COVID-19.

The document includes a patient-surgeon discussion guide with suggested questions patients can ask their surgeon to feel more prepared about returning to a healthcare facility for their procedure. The guide also covers common 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 ongoing pandemic may change after-operation care.