Hospitals are still scheduling elective procedures during coronavirus crisis, and frontline medical workers fear they’re infecting patients
Kidney transplant surgery.
BSIP | Universal Images Group | Getty Images
Many U.S. hospitals are canceling or scaling back on non-essential elective surgeries to make space for patients with the COVID-19 coronavirus and ensure there are enough intensive care beds available. Some states like Ohio are even moving to ban elective procedures altogether in the coming weeks. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday said he would sign an executive order to suspend all elective surgeries at New York City hospitals.
But there’s a lot of variation in what hospitals consider elective and what they do not, including procedures that can reduce pain or discomfort but aren’t life-threatening if they’re delayed a few months. Some surgeons are continuing on with business as usual, even scheduling cosmetic procedures.
That’s causing major disagreements among staff within hospitals. Several front line medical workers tell CNBC …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]