Industry And Advocacy Groups Outline How To Restart Elective Surgeries In Midst Of COVID-19
A joint guidance from medtech, nurse and hospital advocacy groups outline recommendations for how medical device representatives can get back into hospitals to help with elective surgeries after hospitals begin shifting away from mostly treating COVID-19 patients.
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CMS Chief Advises Separate Non-COVID-19 Wards At Hospitals To Allow Device-Related Elective Surgeries To Resume
To get on with the business of providing non-coronavirus procedures – including elective surgeries involving replacement joints and other non-emergency care – at US health care facilities, Medicare agency chief Seema Verma is advising hospitals and outpatient facilities to establish non-COVID-19 care (NCC) zones.
Under guidelines recently unveiled by President Trump, US health care facilities could gradually start phasing-in more elective surgeries, including commonly performed operations that were postponed due the COVID-19 outbreak – many of which involve extensive device use. Elective surgeries include orthopedic joint replacement procedures, colonoscopies and cataract-correcting procedures that could resume as early as May under Trump’s plan.
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