According to state health officials, Massachusetts hospitals will reduce non-urgent procedures scheduled for Monday due to staff shortages and extended patient stays.
Cases of coronavirus have increased in Massachusetts for several weeks, but the rate of increase in hospitalizations has been low. Pressure on the hospital is related to other consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.
According to the state, staff shortages, primarily caused by pandemics, contribute to the loss of about 500 medical, surgical, and ICU beds in Massachusetts. And hospitals are witnessing an influx of patients who need more complex treatments for their health problems because they delayed seeing doctors when Covid’s cases were high.
The order issued on Tuesday applies to hospitals with less than 15% of available beds and applies only to pre-scheduled procedures that can be delayed without adversely affecting the patient’s health. It does not apply to urgent and essential procedures.
Authorities said the order would help Be prepared for the annual increase in hospitalization that is normally seen after Thanksgiving until January.
Marilow Sadders, Secretary of State Health and Welfare, said in a statement Tuesday: The hospital can serve all residents, including those in need of Covid-19 treatment. “
In Massachusetts, new cases have increased from an average of about 1,300 earlier this month to more than 2,800, and hospitalizations have increased by 47% over the past 14 days, according to the New York Times database. As of Wednesday morning, 740 people were hospitalized for Covid-19, according to the Massachusetts Public Health Service.
State authorities have worked with the Massachusetts Health Hospital Association to develop guidelines. Dr. Eric Dickson, President of the Association and President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health, said in a statement: This is to ensure that all federal hospitals can continue to meet the needs of patients in need of emergency care. “