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San Diego County Medical Society COVID-19 Resource Page



UPDATED 04/16/2020

 

CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19 RESOURCE PAGE (PLEASE ALSO VIST LINKS BELOW TO AMBULATORY PHYSICIAN RESOURCE PAGE, RESOURCE AND FAQs FOR CLINICIANS IN POST-ACUTE AND LONG TERM CARE PAGE, AND OUR PHYSICIAN WELLNESS RESOURCE PAGE.)

The San Diego County Medical Society is offering this resource page to San Diego physicians to keep them fully informed and updated.

We also encourage those who are ambulatory physicians and/or in private practive to visit our AMBULATORY PHYSICIAN PRACTICAL COVID-19 RESOURCE PAGE for additional information on patient screening, management and best practices during this unfolding crisis.  We also have created a COVID-19 RESOURCES AND FAQs for CLINICIANS in POST-ACUTE & LONG-TERM CARE web page. Physician Wellness is always a challenge, but it's a particular concern during COVID-19.. We encourage you to review our PHYSICIAN WELLNESS RESOURCES DURING COVID-19 EMERGENCY web page to help you stay healthy physically and mentally as well.  

On this page you will see links to information from a wide variety of sources including the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, the California Department of Public Health, the San Diego Public Health Department, the New England Journal of Medicine and others. There is guidance for medical professionals, what you should know and how you should deal with patients, access to updates, information on mitigation, medical resources and communication resources, and much else. As we become aware of other resources and sources of relevant information we will add them here. We will be updating this page along with all our other Resource Pages regularly. 

We are asking that physicians and all health care workers to implement "social distancing" from others (except patients) effective immediately. Our community needs us to be ready and able to respond. We will be exposed to the COVID-19 virus in the course of our work and do not want to become vectors of the virus to the general public and our loved ones any more than necessary. In addition, we cannot afford to lose physicians and other health care workers to disease or to isolation/quarantine restrictions.

We are therefore urging all physicians and health care workers to immediately implement social distancing. 

This means whenever possible to:

1. Stay away from public places and gatherings.

2. Attend all meetings electronically unless physical presence is absolutley necessary. Replace non-essential meeting with email or other asynchronous communications.

3. Eliminate all non-essential travel.

4. Protect yourself at work using rigorous technique when donning and doffing PPE. (https://www.cdc.gov/hai/pdfs/ppe/ppe-sequence.pdf

Our patients, our communities and our families depend on us to be able to be there when the need is most acute. Let’s do what we can to ensure that we can answer those needs and support each other!

 

SDCMS ADDITIONAL COVID-19 CLINICAL RECOMMENDATIONS ON ROUTINE CARE AND OFFICE PRACTICES - RESOURCES FOR PHYSICIANS

CMA COVID-19 Resources, Including Financial Relief Information

General Outpatient Considerations (CMS 4/7/20)

Surgical Triage Guidelines

Pediatric Recommendations

OB/GYN Recommendations

Breast Cancer Screening

Breast Cancer Screening - The American Society of Breast Surgeons

Radiology Recommendations

Chest X-Rays

Wellness Coach Quick Training CMA

 

TELEMEDICINE

Practical Resource for Telemedicine - American College of Physicians

Quick Guide to Telemedicine in Practice (Including Getting Started, Policy, Coding and Payment) - American Medical Association

Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Center for Connected Health Policy - The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center

California Telehealth Resource Center

 

COVID-19 COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS - TALKING TO YOUR PATIENTS IN DIFFERENT STAGES/SITUATIONS

A VitalTalk (501c3 non-profit) Open Source Primer for Talking on COVID-19

 

ABOUT CORONAVIRUS – HOW IT SPREADS, SYMPTOMS & PREVENTION

California Department of Public Health

San Diego County Department of Public Health

 

HEALTH PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE

Current Interim CDC Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions for Healthcare Providers (CDC)

What Healthcare Personnel Caring for Confirmed or Potential COVID-19 Patients Should Know (CDC)

A Physician’s Guide to COVID-19 - American Medical Association

Technical Guidance - World Health Organization

CAHANs – San Diego County Department of Public Health

 

UPDATES

Coronavirus in San Diego County – Daily Updates on Cases and Investigations - San Diego County Department of Public Health

California Updates - California Department of Public Health

Global Timeline/Rolling Updates on COVID-19 - World Health Organization

Travel Health Notices (CDC)

 

SAN DIEGO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT COVID-19 RESPONSE AND PLANNING UPDATES

For Community Clinics, Hospitals, Pharmacies and Health Care Providers

For Long Term Care Facilities, Senior Care Facilities and Residential Facilities with Vulnerable Populations

 

FOR TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTORS/DIOs REGARDING COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS:

ACGME: The NEWSROOM is being updated regularly as the situation evolves regarding training concerns and program certification.

ABMS 

For physicians who are certifying or maintaining certification:

- Please check with your individual specialty board websites, as the situation is evolving rapidly. 

 

MEDICAL RESOURCES ON COVID-19

New England Journal of Medicine

JAMA Network 

The Lancet

 

MITIGATION

Keeping Workplaces, Homes, Schools or Commercial Establishments Safe (CDC)

Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local Transmission (CDC)

 

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES, FACT SHEETS, POSTERS AND VIDEOS

Centers for Disease Control

San Diego County Department of Public Health

 

 

 



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