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Answering the Call - May 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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M A Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 3 7 O n April 17, the Trump administra- tion issued a three-step plan for reopening the American economy as parts of the nation begin to emerge from the coron- avirus outbreak. The plan's first phase green lighted elective surgeries performed in outpatient facilities where COVID-19 cases are decreasing, truly welcome news for idle surgical teams. Since the announcement, nearly half of U.S. states have been given the go-ahead to resume elective surgeries. The staggered reopening of outpatient facilities amid these uncertain times has left many surgical administrators with more questions than answers. To help guide your ramp-up to resuming surgeries, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) teamed up with the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) to create a roadmap that guides the readiness, prioritization and scheduling of elective surgeries to ensure maximum patient safe- ty (osmag.net/6vPaBF). Use the roadmap to answer these key ques- tions before reopening your ORs: • Are we ready to reopen? There should be a sustained reduction Your Roadmap to Recovery Guidelines are a tremendous asset, but your facility must forge its own path forward with elective surgeries in the COVID-19 era. Jared Bilski | Managing Editor • AND WE'RE BACK As facilities begin reopening their doors for elective procedures, staff will have to adjust to new PPE requirements that will include widespread use of N95 masks. Vangie Dennis, RN, MSN, CNOR, CMLSO

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