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Stat April 22, 2020

ATS Releases First Official Practice Guidelines for Sarcoidosis

New guidance is available for physicians who must go through a number of steps to provide a probable diagnosis of sarcoidosis – an inflammatory disease that affects the lungs, lymph glands, and other organs. The American Thoracic Society has published an official clinical practice guideline in which a panel of experts strongly recommended a baseline serum test to screen for hypercalcemia, a potentially serious disease manifestation, along with 13 conditional recommendations and a best practice statement to improve diagnosis and detection of sarcoidosis in vital organs. The complete guideline detailing these recommendations was posted online ahead of print in the  American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.


Complimentary Hotel Rooms for Frontline Health care Workers

The ATS is proud to partner with hotels that value the work and sacrifices of our members. ATS members fighting COVID-19 can now book  complimentary hotel stays. Click here to learn more and book.


CME Opportunity: Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease

Learn what’s new in nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease from a panel of experts who will discuss best practices for diagnosis and management of this increasingly common disease. Download slides, and complete the video modules to earn Continuing Medical Education credits.
This opportunity is supported by Insmed.


Upcoming Webinars:

Happening Today! RCMB and AII Webinar
Join us for “Current Understanding of COVID-19 Pathophysiology.”

When: 1 p.m., ET, April 22, 2020
Where: Online. Register Now!


Happening Today! California Thoracic Society Webinar
CTS and UCSF will host "COVID-19: Clinical Management of the Hospitalized Patient."

When: 7 p.m. ET, April 22. 2020
Where: Online. Join on Zoom, password: 861502


Upcoming Industry Innovations Webinar!
Join us for "COVID-19: Role of Nasal High Flow and Non-Invasive Ventilation in Decreasing Mechanical Ventilation."
This webinar is sponsored by Fisher & Paykel.

When: 3 p.m. ET, April 23, 2020
Where: Online. Register Here.


ATS MECOR Webinar: Developing a COVID-19 Research Agenda in Low-Middle Income Countries
Representatives will be from across Africa, China, India, Indonesia, Latin America, and Turkey.

When: 10 a.m. ET, April 25, 2020
Where: Online. Register now.  


Pediatric Assembly Townhall
This meeting will act as a follow-up to the COVID-19 Journal Club held April 2, 2020 and will also take new questions.

When: 1 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020
Where: Online. Register now.  


ECMO Physicians Offer Guidance in the Context of Resource-scarce COVID-19 Treatment

Rapidly escalating numbers of COVID-19 patients suffering from respiratory failure threaten to overwhelm hospital capacity and force healthcare providers into making challenging decisions about the care they provide. Of particular interest is the role of ECMO – extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, a form of life support for patients with advanced lung disease – to support critically ill patients in the current pandemic. In “ECMO Resource Planning in the Setting of a Pandemic Respiratory Illness,” an open-access paper published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, ECMO physicians outline their approach for care.