Published last week in Annals of Surgery, Dr Steven Wexner and colleagues outline steps required to work in COVID-19 environment

“The timing of reopening operating rooms after the initial surge of COVID-19 has been affected by national and local policies and could lead to continued delays in surgical care. These delays impact surgical patients through prolonged suffering and delays in treatment of life limiting illness. The pandemic has provided new opportunities to explore surgical care delivery as hospital systems consider reopening to schedule operations. The implementation of new policies to ensure quality surgical care is challenging and poor implementation of new policies can lead to problems with safety, quality, and equity. The Surgical Reopening Implementation Framework (SRIF) can be used to aid healthcare systems in navigating patients and providers through this difficult time.”

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