Abnormal Pap/HPV Report During COVID-19 Pandemic? Interim Guidance from ASCCP
Learning Objectives and CME/Disclosure Information
This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Discuss the reasoning behind modifying gynecologic practice during the COVID-19 pandemic 2. Describe changes to the ASCCP standards for management and follow-up of abnormal cervical cancer screening results
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
Susan J. Gross, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACMG
President and CEO, The ObG Project
Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires faculty, planners, and others in control of educational content to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies. All identified conflicts of interest (COI) are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality accredited continuing education activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of an ineligible company.
The PIM planners and others have nothing to disclose. The OBG Project planners and others have nothing to disclose.
Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Cradle Genomics, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
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Joint Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and The ObG Project. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
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NOTE:Information and guidelines may change rapidly. Check in with listed references in ‘Learn More – Primary Sources’ to best keep up to date
ACOG and other societies have recommended modification of gynecologic office visits and surgical procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary goals are to protect patient health and also limit viral transmission to professional and office staff. ASCCP provides recommendations specific to the management of abnormal cervical cancer screening tests and provides the following guidance
If Practicing in a Setting Where Elective Procedures Have been Suspended
Low-grade cervical cancer screening result
May postpone diagnostic evaluation up to 6 to 12 months
High-grade cervical cancer screening result
Document attempts to contact and schedule diagnostic evaluation within 3 months
High-grade cervical disease without suspected invasive disease
Document attempts to contact and schedule procedure within 3 months
With suspected invasive disease
Attempt contact within 2 weeks
Evaluate within 2 weeks of that contact (i.e., 4 weeks from the initial report or referral)
ASCCP states that the above should not be considered “definitive management guidelines”, but rather management should take into account the clinical scenario and review “case-by-case”
Guidelines may change due to current “fluidity of the healthcare environment”
Tracking protocols are still necessary so that when routine care is reinstated, patients can be traced and called back for care
The guideline further states that ASCCP Colposcopy Standards should be used once the pandemic is contained (see ‘Learn More – Primary Sources’ below for Colposcopy Standards)
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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information
presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
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