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04.23.20

COVID-19: Guidance for Resuming Elective Procedures

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Jackie Gatz

Vice President of Safety and Preparedness

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  • COVID-19
  • Disease Management

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coronavirus COVID-19 disease management guide

In mid-March, most Missouri hospitals voluntarily cancelled elective procedures with patients that could safely suspend procedures for 30 days without significant risk of adverse health outcomes. As we approach the 30-day suspension of many elective procedures and surgeries, it is important to understand the balance of risks between community exposure to COVID-19 and suspended health care for existing conditions. Some procedures no longer may be safe to postpone. While this ultimately is a decision between the patient and physician, general guidance is warranted.

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