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COVID-19 update: Elective surgeries limited

For release on March 16, 2020

Update 4/3/20: Elective surgeries will be postponed until at least May 1, with same guidelines as below.

Among the many challenges all healthcare providers are trying to navigate is the issue of elective surgery, which has been identified as one area where we can limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The advice of sources such as the CDC, state government agencies, and US Surgeon General is to limit elective surgery. Additionally, we have been urged to reduce the use of vital resources (including blood products, critical equipment and staff) in preparation for the expected influx of COVID-19 patients.

Based on these factors and the current disease progression in Central Indiana, Community Health Network Hospitals and Surgery/Endoscopy Centers have determined that elective procedures will be postponed unless the physician, in consultation with the site medical director, determines the patient will face a life-threatening or life-altering risk in the next 30 days. Emergent cases are not impacted by the above criteria. We are committed to assuring that our most vulnerable surgical patients receive appropriate surgical interventions during this time.

Contact: Kris Kirschner, kkirschner@ecommunity.com, 317-690-3982

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