As more reports come in on the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, TMA has convened a task force of public health experts to help Texas physicians prepare for the next phase. We’ve started by compiling all the news and information you need right now on our online resource center. Bookmark that page as we will update it continually.
COVID-19 Resource Center
The TMA COVID-19 Task Force has issued a statement on homemade masks based mostly on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for both medical professionals and the general public.
If you’re seeking more information on keeping your practice, staff, and patients safe while treating COVID-19 cases, the Texas Medical Association COVID-19 Task Force has created a podcast version of its frequently asked questions (FAQ) on Infection Prevention and Control.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday extended executive orders that limit public gatherings until April 30. Under the orders, essential services such as health care and public health facilities, will continue to operate. Texans may continue to leave their homes to take part in essential activities.
The battle already has begun. We have no time to wait. In a letter to Governor Abbott today, I urged that all personal protective equipment (PPE) from all non-health care industries be diverted to our current fight, by any means necessary. I told him, point blank, that the current shortage of PPE in Texas is unacceptable.
“What continues to amaze me is that people are really not educated about [vaccines],” said Trish Perl, MD, chief of the infectious diseases division at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “Some of [vaccine hesitancy] has been propagated by the anti-vaxxers, but some of it is just frankly not knowing.”
As of Sept. 1, Texas physicians are required to test pregnant women for syphilis three times: at the first prenatal visit, during the third trimester (no sooner than the 28th week), and at delivery. Previously, state law required testing at the first visit and during the third trimester.
As measles cases continue to rise in Texas and across the U.S., the Texas Medical Association and Texas Hospital Association have created a document to help physicians and other health care professionals combat the highly contagious respiratory illness.
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It may seem like the sensible thing to do, but no, you can’t make everyone in your practice get a flu shot.
Have you talked with your pregnant patients about congenital CMV? TMA Members of the Committee on Infectious Disease and the Committee on Reproductive, Women’s, and Perinatal Health have developed a flyer with key messages and resources for additional information to help you.
Learn more about your role in efforts to support antibiotic stewardship in your practice health care facility. Battle the resistance.
Got Infectious Diseases questions? Call the Knowledge Center.