Hospitals across the country are resuming elective surgeries
Hospitals across the country are back open for business as elective procedures are allowed to resume. Now, patients are dealing with nerves and surgeons with a backlog of cases, some of which have grown significantly more urgent during quarantine.
almost a soon as Illinois gave the green light for elective procedures to resume, Rosemary Grow was checking into Northwestern Memorial Hospital tow, have a heart valve repaired. I had no reservations at all about it. His idealism is a role she like. Patients at many hospitals underwent new screenings, including Corona virus testing before procedures, temperature checks and restrictions or bans on visitors. We had to figure out a way toe to move forward, uh, in a safe way, because the longer that we waited, the more urgent situations with individuals with heart conditions was going to get interventional cardiologists. Dr James Flaherty and his colleagues air using a tiered system to prioritize a backlog of patients. The weight has increased the urgency of some cases, like Beverly Leonard's. When I couldn't walk from the front of the house to the bedroom to the back of the house without, you know, kind of stopping to kind of catch my breath, you know, it was what what? What are you going to do? Rapidly declining, she underwent a heart valve replacement just before the elective procedure start date. Well, she, a retired nurse and Rosemary Grow were impressed with the new safety measures. I just wish that experience when every single patient that has they have this procedure, every precaution was taken every single one, a path back to the O. R. And a new normal in hospitals severed olive, NBC News.