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Catholic Health bans inpatient elective surgeries for two weeks

Catholic Health bans inpatient elective surgeries for two weeks

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Catholic Health Inpatient Surgery Suspended

Nurses working earlier this year in the Covid-19 unit at Catholic Health's St. Joseph Campus hospital. The health-care system on Thursday announced it was suspending inpatient elective surgeries at its hospitals for two weeks to help prepare to confront an expected surge in Covid-19 patients.

Catholic Health is suspending all inpatient elective surgeries for two weeks as Covid-19 cases continue to surge in Erie County and the wider region.

The suspension applies only to inpatient elective surgeries, meaning procedures scheduled in advance that require the patient to stay in the hospital overnight.

Outpatient procedures – which do not require a hospital stay – and surgeries that doctors consider an emergency or believe could lead to medical complications if not performed will continue.

Under New York state's new "microcluster strategy," orange zone hot spots would have to adhere to the following restrictions.

Catholic Health officials said they will use this temporary suspension to ensure that they have the capacity to care for Covid-19 patients that data analytics predict will require treatment over the next two weeks.

System administrators will make a future decision about the status of inpatient elective surgeries by Dec. 5. People who have an inpatient surgical procedure scheduled between Saturday and December 5 at a Catholic Health hospital should call their surgeon’s office for more information.

Catholic Health is taking this step pre-emptively. But the state in March forced hospitals to cancel all non-urgent elective surgeries to ensure sufficient capacity to treat Covid-19 patients. The ban was lifted in late April and early May at various facilities.

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