In their statement, they noted: "Each hospital, health system, and surgeon should thoughtfully review all scheduled elective procedures with a plan to minimize, postpone, or cancel electively scheduled operations, endoscopies, or other invasive procedures until we have passed the predicted inflection point in the exposure graph and can be confident that our healthcare infrastructure can support a potentially rapid and overwhelming uptick in critical patient care needs. " The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has already advised physicians to "reschedule non-urgent outpatient visits as necessary.
The measure is designed to free up beds and resources for a likely influx of patients in the coming weeks. "[Elective surgery] increases the number of people in the hospital, which increases the number of people gathering," says Melissa Doft, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City. "But also, if something goes wrong, that's a room in the hospital that's being used.
Allure has also obtained a notice from Northwell Health, the healthcare network and provider behind many New York area hospitals including Lenox Hill, Huntington, and Glen Cove, informing all affiliated physicians that "effective Monday, March 16, 2020, elective procedures performed in hospital-based settings should be canceled, unless clinically indicated.
Even if a patient does wish to go forward with their private operating room surgery, Doft is pushing for some categories of patients to cancel, including patients who fly in for surgery and would have to travel to New York and then stay in hotels; patients who are older and "don't have the same reserves that a younger patient would have.
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