Published 6/11/2020

AAOS Signs On To “Return To Procedures” Guidance

Principles support health care personnel welcoming patients back safely

ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 10, 2020)—The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) today announced its support of the “Re-entry Guidance for Health Care Facilities and Medical Device Representatives.” Released in May by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and the American Hospital Association (AHA), the guidance outlines principles and considerations to support the vital collaboration between health care personnel and medical device representatives as health care facilities consider when and how to safely resume elective surgeries paused during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The clinically based recommendations cover the following topics: areas of hospitals and other heath care facilities; COVID-19 testing and screening; elective surgical procedures and personal protective equipment; crisis-level emergency surgical procedures and personal protective equipment; and training and education regarding COVID-19 safety and precautions.

In addition to the AAOS, 25 other groups have signed  on as supporters to the AORN/AHA/AdvaMed guidance including the: Ambulatory Surgery Center Association; American Academy of Ophthalmology; American Association of Nurse Anesthetists; American Burn Association; American College of Chest Physicians; American College of Surgeons; American Foregut Society; American Optometric Association; American Society of Anesthesiologists; American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons; American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses; Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association; AO North America; Cervical Spine Research Society; Consortium for Universal Healthcare Credentialing; Heart Rhythm Society; National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel; North American Spine Society; Orthopaedic Trauma Association; Scoliosis Research Society; Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions; Society of Interventional Oncology; Society of Interventional Radiology; Strategic Marketplace Initiative; and Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

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With more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS is the trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal health. It provides the highest quality, most comprehensive education to help orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals at every career level best treat patients in their daily practices. The AAOS is the source for information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related musculoskeletal health care issues and it leads the health care discussion on advancing quality.

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