NCH Healthcare System postponing elective surgeries due to rising COVID-19 hospitalizations
The NCH Healthcare System is postponing elective surgeries starting Monday to free up hospital beds due to rising cases of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
“We are currently collaborating with our surgeons to reschedule elective cases to allow better placement of (emergency) patient admissions,” NCH said in a statement Thursday.
The hospital system in Collier County, with two campuses and a combined 713 beds, had 552 admitted patients Thursday.
Of the total, 135 patients have tested positive for the virus. Eleven of the patients with COVID-19 are in critical care, and three are on ventilators.
NCH’s decision to postpone elective surgeries is similar to Lee Health’s policy announced Jan. 7 to postpone elective surgeries that require an overnight stay at any of its four campuses in Lee County.
Lee Health on Thursday was operating at 96% capacity based on available staffing. It expects a peak of omicron cases in the next two to three weeks where the system could reach 100% capacity based on staffing.
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Both hospital systems temporarily halted elective procedures during the delta variant surge last summer to address capacity strains on hospital beds, and elective procedures were stopped during the first wave of the pandemic in 2020 by order of Gov. Ron DeSantis.
NCH is continuing to perform procedures that are deemed emergency, urgent and “immediate needs procedures as appropriate,” the hospital said.
“We will update the community on when elective procedures will resume once again at NCH,” the hospital said.