AAOS Leadership to Address the COVID-19 Response: Webinar Update

Join AAOS tomorrow, May 13, at 8 p.m. C.T. (9 p.m. E.S.T.) for an update on the Academy’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. AAOS President Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS, along with First Vice President Daniel K. Guy, MD, FAAOS, and Second Vice President Felix H. Savoie III, MD, FAAOS, will be on hand live to discuss current efforts to support AAOS members during this challenging time and answer questions from attendees. Programming will cover advocacy efforts, updated return to surgery guidelines, patient frequently asked questions, and new details on the Annual Meeting Virtual Experience. Registration is free, and the webinar will be recorded and made available to watch again after the event.

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In Other News

HHS Awards Over Half a Billion Dollars to HRSA-funded Centers for COVID-19 Testing

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded close to $583 million to Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded health centers across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and eight U.S. territories to expand testing for COVID-19. The funding is part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which went into effect in April.

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House Democrats Unveil $3 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package

Today, the House of Representatives Democrats unveiled their latest proposed COVID-19 relief package. This $3 trillion deal would provide funding for state and local governments as well as food assistance; additional details on the relief package are forthcoming. The House is expected to vote on Friday, passing the bill along party lines.

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Facing Moral Dilemmas Amid COVID-19

A review article published online in the Journal of the AAOS ® discussed handling moral dilemmas that may arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Areas of discussion include public health ethics during a pandemic; professional ethics, including duties to patients, families, and selves; moral challenges in the face of competing obligations; and more.

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Hospital for Special Surgery Begins Transition to Nonessential, Urgent Surgeries

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York, N.Y., is slowly returning to performing selective nonessential, urgent orthopaedic procedures at its three outpatient facilities and transitioning its hospital back to a dedicated musculoskeletal center as it prepares to discharge its final COVID-19 patients. HSS will thoroughly clean each floor and conduct “an entire enterprise-wide antibody testing,” HSS Associate Surgeon-in-Chief Douglass Padgett, MD, told Becker’s Spine Review.

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Caring for Orthopaedic Patients During COVID-19 Requires Communication

In a blog post published in OrthoInfo, Stuart J. Fischer, MD, FAAOS, discusses how to provide patients with the most effective orthopaedic care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The biggest takeaway: Communication is key.

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Treating Geriatric Fracture Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Geriatric fractures are common and still occur despite all of the activity restrictions and closings currently in place. The inability to visit elderly loved ones in the hospital can be extremely distressing for families, and the care provided by the hospital geriatric fracture service is important for patients and families. Lisa K. Cannada, MD, FAAOS, spoke with two experts about caring for geriatric fracture patients during COVID-19: Julie A. Switzer, MD, FAAOS, FAOA, a Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with a specialization in geriatric orthopaedics, and Carmen Quatman, MD, PhD, one of a few surgeons in the country to complete a geriatric orthopaedic training fellowship.

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Additional News

Medical Students Help Rural Hospitals During COVID-19: A Learning Experience

Medical students at the University of South Dakota are staying in rural communities to help them fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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