Statements from Cleveland Clinic on Non-Essential Surgeries

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Update on Non-Essential Surgeries- December 29, 2020

 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are adapting to best serve our patients and community.

Recently, there has been a plateau in daily admissions of patients with COVID-19 to our nursing units, as well as a decrease in our preoperative COVID-19 positivity rates. Therefore, beginning, Jan. 4, 2021, we will resume non-essential surgeries that require an overnight hospital stay in Ohio as well as reactivate surgical care at our Marymount Ambulatory Surgery Center.

We will continue to monitor our scheduled surgical cases based on hospital bed capacity and caregiver support as we begin 2021. We are still caring for a significant number of patients with COVID-19; however, we currently have the ability and capacity to serve all of our patients while safely resuming our surgical services.

As COVID-19 cases remain high in Ohio, we encourage everyone to help keep our community safe and help limit the spread of the virus by remaining vigilant in wearing masks, social distancing, and washing your hands.

Update on Non-Essential Surgeries – December 2, 2020

As COVID-19 cases in Ohio continue to climb, we continue to adapt to best serve our patients and community.

From Dec. 7, 2020  through Jan. 4. 2021, we will postpone all nonessential inpatient surgeries requiring a hospital bed or an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed in our Ohio locations, with the exception of Lutheran Hospital.

It is important to understand that our hospitals remain safe and open to care for our community. Essential and urgent inpatient surgeries — including heart, cancer, pediatrics, transplantation and neurological cases —will continue as scheduled.

During this time, all nonessential outpatient surgeries in Ohio will continue, and all Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) and Ambulatory Endoscopy Surgery Centers (AECs) will remain open, with the exception of the Marymount ASC. These patients will continue to be redirected to Marymount Hospital or another Cleveland Clinic location for procedures.

We are currently experiencing the highest volume of patients with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.  With these steps, we are proactively making more beds available to accommodate what we anticipate will be a continued increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospitalization.

We will reevaluate our scheduled surgical cases as the pandemic continues. We encourage everyone to help keep our community safe and help limit the spread of the virus by remaining vigilant in wearing masks, social distancing, and washing your hands.

Update on Non-Essential Surgeries – November 19, 2020:

Beginning Monday, Nov. 23, we will resume scheduled nonessential inpatient surgeries not expecting an ICU stay at all of our Ohio hospitals. We will continue the temporary suspension of outpatient surgical care at the Marymount Ambulatory Surgery Center and will reevaluate in mid-December. These patients will be redirected to Marymount Hospital or another Cleveland Clinic location for procedures, and caregivers will be redeployed to work at the hospital, enabling us to expand the numbers of beds for patients with COVID-19.

It is important to understand that our hospitals remain safe and open to care for our community. Urgent and emergent surgeries — such as heart, cancer and neurological cases — and outpatient surgeries will continue as scheduled.

We will continue to re-evaluate our scheduled surgical cases each week based on hospital occupancy and admissions of patients with COVID-19. As the pandemic evolves, we will continue to take steps that ensure we are meeting the needs of our patients and keeping our patients and caregivers safe.


Update on November 13, 2020:

As the numbers of COVID-19 cases are rising dramatically in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic continues to evolve our practices.

We are now seeing the highest numbers of patients with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. In order to provide the safest and highest quality care of patients, we are proactively extending our postponement of nonessential surgical cases that require an inpatient stay through Friday, November 20th. We will reevaluate our scheduled surgical cases on an ongoing basis.

It is important to understand that our hospitals remain safe and open to care for our community. Urgent and emergent surgeries — such as heart, cancer and neurological cases — and outpatient surgeries will continue as scheduled.

We are extremely concerned about the rise in cases in our community, and we urge the public to limit the spread of the virus by remaining vigilant in wearing masks, social distancing, and washing your hands.

Published on November 11, 2020:

As the COVID-19 pandemic moves forward, Cleveland Clinic is continuously adapting to best meet the needs of our patients.

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Ohio has increased significantly.  As cases rise in Northeast Ohio, we are taking proactive steps to ensure that we have the staffing and resources needed to continue safely caring for our patients.  We are postponing nonessential surgical cases that require an inpatient hospital stay at most Cleveland Clinic Ohio hospitals for Friday, Nov. 13, and Monday, Nov. 16.  These nonessential cases can be safely rescheduled for a later date.

It is important to understand that our hospitals remain open to care for our community. Urgent and emergent surgeries — such as heart, cancer and neurological cases — and outpatient surgeries will continue as scheduled.

 Patient and caregiver safety is our top priority, and this decision will preserve hospital beds and supplies to ensure all patients have an optimal experience. We will reevaluate our scheduled surgical cases on an ongoing basis as the pandemic continues.  We are closely monitoring supplies, including PPE, bed availability and personnel.

Throughout this pandemic, we have gained significant knowledge about treating patients with COVID-19 using approved therapies and strong clinical practices.

We encourage everyone to help keep our community safe and help limit the spread of the virus by remaining vigilant in wearing masks, social distancing, and washing your hands.

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