Updated April 27 at 3:00 p.m.
Recently, President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force, as well as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), outlined a recommendation for re-opening facilities. Today, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the measure prohibiting elective surgeries in the state would be lifted on May 4th.
Governor Ricketts also stated that hospitals and other health care providers must meet certain criteria before lifting the restrictions, including bed capacity, ICU availability, ventilator availability, and appropriate PPE resources.
OrthoNebraska’s Incident Command team is actively working thru a return to operations plan that ensures a safe and gradual transition back to normal volumes. This includes a phased approach with very close monitoring of the spread of COVID-19 locally and a number of key performance indicators within our own facility. Additionally, our teams are working on an updated and prioritized list of postponed patients still requiring surgery.
As we know more, we will continue to share. This may include additional and/or modified precautions for patients, visitors, providers, and staff.