Surgeon General Urges Hospitals to Cancel Elective Surgeries in Coronavirus Hot Zones

Surgeon General Jerome Adams urged hospitals and other health care providers in coronavirus hot zones to consider suspending elective procedures, after the American College of Surgeons (ACS) suggested the same on Friday.

“Hospital & healthcare systems, PLEASE CONSIDER STOPPING ELECTIVE PROCEDURES until we can #FlattenTheCurve!” Adams wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

The top doctor of the nation argued that elective surgeries, a procedure that is not a medical emergency, could bring coronavirus into facilities, pull resources from personal protective equipment stores, and tax personnel who may be needed for coronavirus responses.

Hospital & healthcare systems, PLEASE CONSIDER STOPPING ELECTIVE PROCEDURES until we can #FlattenTheCurve! ??

Each elective surgery you do:

1) Brings possible #Coronavirus to your facilities
2) Pulls from PPE stores
3) Taxes personnel who may be needed for #COVIDー19 response https://t.co/WAUTXF5Vyc

— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) March 14, 2020

According to John Hopkins Medicine, elective surgery is a procedure that can be scheduled in advance.

“It may be a surgery you choose to have for a better quality of life, but not for a life-threatening condition. But in some cases it may be for a serious condition such as cancer. Examples of elective surgery include removing a mole or wart, and having kidney stones removed. It may also be done if other forms of treatment are not working,” according to the site.

In his Twitter post, Adams cited recommendations by the ACS, a national educational association for surgeons, which suggest that surgeons in coronavirus hot zones review all planned elective procedures. Hot spots in the United States include parts of New York, California, and Washington state.

“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 weRead More – Source

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