Resuming Elective Surgery after COVID-19
The US government has developed guidelines and restrictions for states to follow to resume elective surgeries. Clinical organizations have prepared adjunct guidelines to consider when planning the resumption of services.
COVID-19 has created a crisis, and we are living in a world of radical change, which happened nearly overnight and requires new plans and processes. The resumption of elective cases will require well-developed plans, executed with relentlessness and structured around strategy, people, and operations. The strategy for resuming elective cases will be driven first by governmental guidelines, from the timing of the resumption through the details of the operational requirements. Other strategic considerations may include system strategy, optimizing already over-pressured resources, the balancing of patient needs, and the health of the clinical teams, to name a few.
Accountable, clear, and metric-driven goals will assist in the execution of the operational plans.