Mercy has announced they will be restarting some procedures that had been shut down because of the focus on the COVID-19 outbreak.
The hospital system says they have three criteria they are using for rescheduling of procedures: 14 days in the community of flattened or decreased COVID-19 hospitalizations; adequate personal protective equipment for patients and co-workers; and enough testing supplies available for patient within 48 hours of their procedure.
“Testing patients is an important step that has allows us to reactivate services safely,” Dr. William Sistrunk, an infectious disease specialist at Mercy Hospital Springfield, said in a statement. “While protocols and safeguards like these aren’t mandated by state law, we believe the safety of our patients and co-workers comes before anything.”
There will be a series of phases in reopening as well:
- Phase 1: Essential services like surgeries, imaging, and diagnostics.
- Phase 2: Services that are non-emergency but medically necessary.
- Phase 3: Services return to normal.