Avera, Sanford shift surgeries to fulfill staffing, patient needs amid COVID-19 surge

Sanford Health will continue to examine surgical needs, Dr. Wilde stated.

Sanford Health is stopping additional elective cases requiring an over night stay, system CMO Mike Wilde, MD, stated in a declaration. New optional cases needing an over night stay will not be set up for Oct. 19-23 but scheduled optional surgical treatments will continue as prepared.

Avera Health is broadening surge capability at its flagship center, Avera McKennan Hospital & & University Health Center, and momentarily moving surgeries from the Avera Surgery Center to other surgical areas, authorities stated in a statement. Less than 5 percent of surgical treatments will be delayed.

The current state health department information updated Oct. 15 showed 304 individuals were hospitalized in South Dakota due to COVID-19, and 700 brand-new confirmed cases were reported.

Dr. Wilde said the modification is to accommodate client circulation at the health system.

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The change, suggested to free up workers for inpatient care, is expected to happen next week.

” We continue to see great deals of clients looking for care at all of our Sanford centers, and we continue to work hard to care for all patients,” he stated. “We have discussed our rise plans to accommodate clients, including prioritizing clients with the best need, as well as caring for particular adult clients in the Childrens Castle, space tenancy, and surgical treatment scheduling.”.

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” As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in our neighborhood and throughout the state, we require additional staff for our inpatient systems to satisfy the increasing requirements of our clients,” says an email sent to workers and obtained by the Argus Leader.

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Avera Health and Sanford Health, both based in Sioux Falls, S.D., are adjusting surgery plans to accommodate client and staffing needs as COVID-19 rises, according to authorities at the health systems.