As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise, Intermountain Hospital may postpone some surgeries that require a hospital admission.
The health center is implementing measures to conserve intensive medicine resources and help reduce hospital capacity since the start of the pandemic.
This will free up space and beds, conserve supplies, and free up nurses and doctors to treat COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients in need of health services.
Any patient affected by this measure will be notified directly.
While this may be disappointing for some patients, it is a necessary and appropriate step given the sharp increase in hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients.
Any postponed procedures will be rescheduled after the increase in coronavirus cases slows. The hospital will continue to provide care for urgent situations and emergency patients as it always does, according to Rob Ferguson, MD, Intermountain’s senior medical director of surgical operations.
“Our intention is to continue to provide surgical care whenever possible and to make necessary adjustments as our resources become stressed,” said Dr. Ferguson. “Rather than introducing a blanket deferral of cases as we did in the spring, we have a fine-tuned process at each hospital that allows us greater precision in balancing the surgical needs of our patients with the resources available at each hospital.”
“As we see a decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations, we will be able to conserve resources, alleviate staffing concerns and resume our standard surgical operations,” added Dr. Ferguson.