ASPS Statement on COVID-19
In the interest of safety for our members, our staff, and our patients, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has been following the progression of COVID-19 in the United States. It was with this in mind that ASPS canceled the Spring Meeting in New Orleans and conducted our Executive Committee, Board, and Committee meetings electronically.
It is with this same goal that we continue to monitor the updates from the CDC and WHO and other organizations. While the timing and decision to limit/cancel non-urgent elective surgery is currently a local/regional decision that will be dependent on the prevalence of COVID-19 and community transmission, ASPS recommends that our members, if they have not already, review their scheduled elective procedures and office visits to minimize non-essential exposure risk and transmission. Since asymptomatic patients may shed virus and thus expose others unknowingly, we recommend minimizing nonessential gatherings and encounters, and to follow CDC and WHO guidelines such as proper PPE and social distances when encounters do occur.
ASPS further recommends that you remain apprised of the CDC, WHO, accreditation organizations, state, county, and local hospital recommendations, which are changing rapidly. ASPS is establishing this resource for our members and will notify you when the information on this page is more robust. In addition, we have created a new COVID-19 Discussion channel on your ASPS Mobile App to encourage discussion of related issues with your colleagues across the country and world. This will also be accessible from your ASPS member portal dashboard.
Thank you for your service to your patients and for putting safety first. Feel free to reach out if you have any concerns or questions.
Lynn Jeffers, MD, MBA, FACS