8 hospitals postponing elective procedures amid the COVID-19 resurgence

Alia Paavola –
Friday, October 30th, 2020
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Health centers throughout the U.S. are beginning to suspend elective treatments to respond to an uptick in hospitalized COVID-19 clients..

Below is a breakdown of 8 medical facilities postponing or canceling the procedures to release up area, guarantee appropriate staffing or sufficient protective gear to care for COVID-19 patients:.

1. Madison, Wis.-based UW Health is postponing a little number of optional procedures to release up bed capacity to look after COVID-19 clients, according to WKOW. Jeff Pothof, MD, UW Healths primary quality officer, said that patients may be asked to press back a non-emergency procedure by about a week..

2. Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pa., will delay a little number of elective procedures after some caregivers and clients tested positive for COVID-19. The health center did not specify the variety of patients and staff who tested positive..

Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health will begin deferring optional treatments at 3 of its Tennessee health centers due to a spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. On Oct. 26, Ballad started rescheduling up to 25 percent of optional services at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.

4. Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, Tenn., will suspend elective procedures needing an overnight stay for two weeks. Hospital leadership will re-evaluate the feasibility of elective surgeries by Nov. 9.

5. Cookeville (Tenn.) Regional Medical Center stated Oct. 26 it suspended elective treatments requiring an over night stay after it was caring for a record high of 71 COVID-19 clients, according to WKRN.

6. Salt Lake City-based University of Utah Hospital canceled elective treatments after its intensive care unit hit capability on Oct. 16. The hospital said it needed to delay the elective care to designate staff to take care of seriously ill patients..

7. Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, S.D., will stop arranging brand-new optional surgical treatment cases needing an overnight stay, according to system CMO Mike Wilde, MD. New optional cases needing an overnight stay were not scheduled for Oct. 19-23, however formerly arranged optional surgical treatments were performed.

8. Billings (Mont.) Clinic began evaluating each surgical case for seriousness in late September. It is postponing those it states can wait, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Madison, Wis.-based UW Health is postponing a little number of elective treatments to free up bed capacity to care for COVID-19 patients, according to WKOW. Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pa., will delay a little number of elective treatments after some clients and caretakers evaluated favorable for COVID-19. Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health will start deferring elective procedures at three of its Tennessee health centers due to a spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Salt Lake City-based University of Utah Hospital canceled optional treatments after its intensive care unit hit capacity on Oct. 16. New elective cases requiring an over night stay were not set up for Oct. 19-23, but previously set up optional surgical treatments were carried out.

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