Policies on “Non-Essential” Surgeries “Relaxed” Somewhat
It was briefly mentioned in Wednesday's press conference held by Gov. Inslee, but then nothing else the rest of the way.
Inslee said something about relaxing non-essential surgeries, but then no other comment. Then on Thursday, his office released more "guidance" as to what medical professionals can perform above and beyond "necessary" or life-saving procedures.
It's a rather complicated list, but here's what they will be working off of, to determine what's "allowed:" (from proclamation)
- Expected advancement of disease process
- Possibility that delay results in more complex future surgery or treatment
- Increased loss of function
- Continuing or worsening of significant or severe pain
- Deterioration of the patient’s condition or overall health
- Delay would be expected to result in a less-positive ultimate medical or surgical outcome
- Leaving a condition untreated could render the patient more vulnerable to COVID-19 contraction, or resultant disease morbidity and/or mortality
- Non-surgical alternatives are not available or appropriate per current standards of care
- Patient’s co-morbidities or risk factors for morbidity or mortality, if inflicted with COVID-19 after procedure is performed
So, based upon these guidelines, there is movement now for non-essential surgeries and procedures to take place.
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