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over quickly and treat more patients with relatively minimal environ- mental concerns. Reassure and remind Even after your facility reopens, some patients still might not feel comfortable scheduling surgeries due to concerns about exposure to the coronavirus. Alleviate their fears through effective communica- tion. Let them know that not only will they be tested for COVID-19, but every patient will be, and that your environment is consistently and effectively monitored and cleaned. SSIs are a much bigger risk of surgery than catching COVID-19. You've always been on alert for pathogenic organisms. COVID-19 is just the latest. OSM Dr. Dexter (franklin-dexter@uiowa.edu) is director of the division of man- agement consulting, professor of anesthesia and professor of health manage- ment and policy at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. J U N E 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 1 1 1 Franklin Dexter, MD, PhD, FASA, and colleagues researched the economic impact of COVID-19 on the daily management of outpa- tient ORs in areas of the country where the acute crisis period ends but the disease remains prevalent. They published their find- ings in in the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia (osmag.net/CsXr6J). The paper highlights numerous important recommendations that can help you manage a large amount of elective surgeries and associated health risks the coronavirus has created. ON THE WEB

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