Pediatric scoring scale helps surgeons decide whether to operate during COVID-19 delays

As health care providers observe Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) affecting children differently than adults, pediatric surgeons in Chicago have modified an evaluation tool for use in pediatric patients that allows surgeons in every pediatric specialty to prioritize nonemergency (‘elective’) operations during all phases of the pandemic. The new pediatric-specific scoring system is presented in an ‘article in press’ on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS) website ahead of print.