In April, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons released an informational document, “Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic” in order to address complexities surrounding the infectious disease, medical decisions, telehealth, and elective surgery in this challenging time.¹ In the opening paragraph, the document states, “It is important that individuals continue to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, as well as relevant federal, state and local public health determinations. That said, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) would like to share some important considerations that individuals should consider before making any decisions.”
The document continues to list 5 guiding principles, making clear that the safety of patients is of the highest priority, followed by the safety of health care personnel and staff. The importance of adhering to the CDC and legal restrictions is emphasized, along with the recognition that because the rate of infection is increasing in some places and dropping in others, “decisions should be locally based.”
The document includes a section on telehealth services, referring to their previously published guidance on medicare patients and commercial healthcare patients. Telehealth has been essential in continuing care without endangering patients or healthcare providers.
Finally, the document provides information regarding in-person services and elective surgeries. Considerations are broken down into the following categories: patient safety, staff safety, urgency, and resources. It’s essential that patients are not infected with the coronavirus if they are to use in-person medical services or move forward with elective surgeries. Similarly, the patient’s risk profile must be considered. The same goes for medical personnel and staff. Those who have come into contact with the virus through care or general infection should not provide in-person care. The urgency for elective surgeries should be dictated by the levels of need and benefit on a case-by-case basis. Finally, resources must be considered. Are there enough facilities, supplies, and staff to provide the level of care necessary? These are all factors that must be brought into consideration when deciding to move forward with in-person care and elective surgeries.
Consensus supports the AAOS in these recommendations. As in-person care and elective surgeries resume, Consensus remains committed to providing patients and medical care providers with proven and reliable total joint implants and instruments. TracPatch, our wearable post-operative device, enables patients to recover from total knee surgeries at home. The remote patient monitoring available through the device offers the safest post-operative recovery in today’s climate. We have also joined the direct fight against COVID-19, manufacturing the TracPatch Face Shield in order to address the shortage in protective equipment during this challenging time.
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- Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic. (2020, April). Retrieved May 7, 2020 from https://www.aaos.org/globalassets/about/covid-19/aaos-clinical-considerations-during-covid-19.pdf