Coronavirus Update: New Elective Surgery Policy
Effective Thursday, March 19
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the surgeon general, Jerome Adams MD, and the American College of Surgeons have recommended that hospitals limit elective surgical procedures. These measures are intended to allow hospitals to be prepared for the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases as well as to limit patient and caregiver exposure.
St. Luke’s is announcing that some elective surgeries will be postponed. The new policy will last at least two weeks. This will not affect urgent /emergent surgery or any other elective surgery where delay could cause a negative impact to your health.
If your procedure is postponed, you will be contacted individually. Postponing elective surgeries helps prevent the spread of disease and helps hospitals conserve precious resources such as blood, ventilators and protective equipment for providers.