The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) and American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS) have partnered to produce, “Guidance for Cosmetic Dermatology Practices During COVID-19.” This evidence-based document uses existing literature and studies to drive reopening recommendations as governing authorities allow businesses to reopen.

“While dermatology practices have always implemented safety measures to minimize infections, the evolving COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainties and questions for cosmetic dermatologists, some of which we hope can be dispelled by this new resource. Each recommendation in the guidance includes a grade of evidence and strength of recommendation based on the GRADE framework, along with explanatory text to help dermatologists make the best decision for their specific clinical circumstances.”

— ASDSA Past President and Task Force Co-chair Murad Alam, MD, MBA

Task force members and authors of the guidance include:

  • Shanthi Narla, MD
  • Murad Alam, MD, MBA, Co-chair
  • David M. Ozog, MD, Co-chair
  • Vince Bertucci, MD,
  • Henry Hin Lee Chan, MD, PhD, MRCP
  • Mitchel Goldman, MD
  • Edward Ross, MD
  • David Sliney, PhD
  • Marc D. Brown, MD, ASDSA President
  • Thomas E. Rohrer, MD, ASLMS President

“The authors have produced recommendations and options dermatologists should consider – with literature references to support each recommendation – in regards to mask use for patients, physicians and staff; handwashing protocol; size of procedure room; air suction/HEPA filter use during procedures; germicidal ultraviolet (GUV) use; forced air-cooling during laser procedures; and additional considerations with lower levels of evidence. The changing landscape will be evaluated regularly, and the task force will update the guidance as needed to ensure dermatologists can continue providing premium care in the safest environment possible.”

— Task Force Co-chair David M. Ozog, MD

“Patient safety and high standards of clinical care are at the core of our Societies’ missions. Now more than ever, patients are seeking expertise in cosmetic procedures and are looking for treatment plans that cater to their unique needs. These safety recommendations will help ASDSA and ASLMS members meet this growing demand when they reopen their practices. This document delves into the science behind all of the recommendations being made for safe reopening.”

— ASLMS President Thomas Rohrer, MD

[Source(s): American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association, PRWeb]