Outpatient Surgery Magazine – August 2020
Recent spikes in coronavirus infection rates in Florida, Texas, Arizona and California forced some hospitals to pause elective surgeries in order to allocate their resources to the care of COVID-19 patients. The temporary bans on non-emergent cases got the attention of surgical professionals across the country who are still recovering from the nationwide shutdown of elective procedures in March during the initial wave of the pandemic. The shutdown was a devastating blow to sidelined surgical professionals whose livelihoods were put on hold and patients who suddenly learned procedures that would improve their quality of life — or perhaps save it — were deemed optional. The government's decision to suspend non-emergent surgeries was the right call at the time. There were too many unanswered questions about the risks associated with the coronavirus to allow invasive procedures to proceed.