University of Maryland Medical System, Johns Hopkins postpone elective procedures

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Posted at 2:20 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 14:20:54-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — The University of Maryland Medical System/University of Maryland Baltimore, in coordination with Johns Hopkins Health System, is postponing all elective, non-emergent procedures.

The suspension will last from March 18 through at least April 1, as part of the hospitals response to COVID-19 and the potential for more patients.

“Consistent with our priority to protect our patients and staff, our decision is guided by the need to minimize the risk of exposing surgical patients to COVID-19, minimize the potential for high-risk exposure to surgical and peri-operative staff from unrecognized and asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19, minimize risk within the hospital environment from potential exposure consistent with social distancing principles, and ensure adequate availability of supplies and equipment that can be redirected to the care of COVID-19 patients,” said David Marcozzi, MD, UMMS COVID-19 Incident Commander. “This is a rapidly-changing dynamic and we need to plan ahead. Emergent and urgent procedures as defined by a patient’s care team that are necessary for a patient’s health and time sensitive will continue.”

The policy will be reassessed following the two-week suspension.