Medical groups express strong reservations about elective surgeries

The Oklahoma Hospital Association on Thursday came out against Gov. Kevin Stitt’s goal of resuming elective surgeries next week, saying the focus should remain on preserving resources to fight the pandemic.

Because models are now predicting a later surge in Oklahoma hospital patients with COVID-19, “we believe it is too soon to consider resuming elective surgeries,” said Patti Davis, president of the hospital association.

“Until the supply chain of PPE (personal protective equipment), especially N95 masks, can be restored to normal levels, decisions must be made that fully protect health care workers who are on the front lines of this battle and the patients they serve.”

The Oklahoma State Medical Association and the Oklahoma Nurses Association also expressed reservations.

“We are concerned about the ongoing availability of PPE, testing capabilities and timeliness of test results,” the nurses association said.

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