COVID-19: Role of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities in This Global Pandemic.
Published on Jul 1, 2020in Anesthesia & Analgesia4.305
· DOI :10.1213/ANE.0000000000004847
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has now become a global pandemic. This has led the United States to declare a national emergency and a ban on all elective diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, as well as elective surgery in inpatient and outpatient settings. Ambulatory surgery facilities that perform only elective procedures are thus likely to be closed. However, these facilities may be able assist acute care hospitals, as essential (urgent and emergent) surgeries and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures will still need to be performed. The aim of this article is explore the potential contribution of ASFs in the current healthcare crisis. It is important to understand that COVID-19-related information is continually evolving, and thus, the discussion provided here is subject to change. Funding Source: None. Conflicts of Interests: Girish P. Joshi has received honoraria from Baxter Pharmaceuticals and Pacira Pharmaceuticals. Address for Correspondence: Girish P. Joshi, MBBS, MD, FFARCSI, Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75390-9068, USA. Phone: +1 214-648-2623 , E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org © 2020 International Anesthesia Research Society