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COVID-19 Information on Non-Essential Medical Procedures

COVID-19 Information on Non-Essential Procedures

Preserving Personal Protective Equipment During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, has ordered the cancellation/postponement of all non-essential or elective surgeries and procedures that require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), effective at 5 p.m. March 18, 2020.

  • A non-essential surgery is a procedure that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of a patient. Some criteria to consider:
    • Threat to the patient’s life.
    • Threat to permanent dysfunction of an extremity or organ system.
    • Risk of metastasis or progression of staging.
    • Time sensitivity; risk of rapidly worsening to severe symptoms.
  • The order applies to all healthcare facilities, including, but not limited to, hospitals, ambulatory centers, outpatient centers, and clinics, whether they be public, private, or nonprofit. 
  • This is being done to eliminate patients undergoing non-essential procedures from surgery/procedure rooms and patient care areas, to preserve PPE, and to protect our healthcare workforce during this unprecedented event.
  • During procedures that do go forward, only people essential to conducting the surgeries or procedures shall be in surgery or procedure suites or other patient care areas where PPE is required.
  • Each hospital and outpatient provider must establish an internal governance structure to ensure the order is followed. 
  • The order will remain in effect until the director of the Ohio Department of Health rescinds or modifies it or until the State of Emergency declared by Governor Mike DeWine is no longer in effect.
  • The order is consistent with the Ohio Hospital Association’s “Implementing Guidelines for the Management of Non-Essential Surgeries and Procedures Throughout Ohio,” dated March 16, 2020.

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).

Prevention Info-graphic

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals
  • Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
  • Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
  • Clean and disinfect "High-Touch" surfaces often
  • Call before visiting your doctor
  • Practice good hygiene habits 

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