The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) has prepared resources in response to the national and institutional calls for the cessation of non-essential surgery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance is intended to complement, rather than replace, existing advice and should be considered “expert opinion.” The resources will be updated as the situation evolves.

Because COVID-19 transmission is primarily through droplet spread and aerosol, teams that perform procedures in the head and neck are at high risk for infection. Although many procedures performed by teams are important and somewhat time sensitive, national health care crisis will cause delays. The health and safety of patients, members, trainees and hospital teams are the top priority.

All providers should first consider individual circumstances and the best interests of their unique patients, as well as the constrained resources of their institutions. Hospital, local and regional regulatory bodies will determine the actual practice in each hospital or facility, and any additional restrictions that are applied by such bodies should supersede these guidelines.

ACPA Members can visit ACPA’s Online Community to join the discussion on handling care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ACPA’s resources include:

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Education and Research
There are many ways to earn continuing education with ACPA Online Learning. Register to attend a live or on-demand session today. All webinars are 50% off through June.

Although the Annual Meeting was canceled, ACPA’s Abstract Book is available in the online edition of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. This issue does not require a subscription to the journal. View the abstracts.

The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal released two new podcasts featuring articles published in Volume 57, Issue 2 of the journal. Listen to the podcasts–no subscription required.

Community
Many discussions are taking place on ACPA’s Online Community, including topics on telehealth, ACPA’s Statement and team care during this time. Visit the Online Community to join an ongoing discussion or start a new discussion thread.

Stay engaged with your ACPA colleagues on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and keep up with the latest information.

As always, continue sharing your member news, team stories and photos with ACPA for a chance to be featured on the blog and/or social media.

Resources for Patients and Families
ACPA Family Services offers information about cleft and craniofacial care for patients and families, developed by experts in the field. All ACPA publications are available online. View ACPA’s publications.

Community stories are shared monthly and an be accessed on the ACPA Family Services website.

Team Approval
ACPA is working to alleviate the pressure caused by the Team Approval process and will release more information to applying and renewing teams soon.