Massachusetts hospitals to cut back on elective scheduled procedures starting Monday due to staff shortages and longer hospital stays , according to state health officials.
Coronavirus cases have been increasing in Massachusetts for several weeks, but hospitalizations have increased at a lower rate. The pressure on hospitals is linked to other consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said.ites.
Staff shortages, largely due to the pandemic, have contributed to the loss of around 500 doctors, surgical and intensive care hospital beds in Massachusetts, depending on the state. And hospitals are seeing an influx of patients who need more complex treatment for health problems because they delayed doctor visit when Covid cases were higher. Covid-19 hospitalizations in Massachusetts 2,000 4000 hospitalized feb. 2020 Tue Apr May June Jul. August Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan Feb. 2021 Tue Apr May June jul. august Sept . Oct. Nov.
7 day average 629 Source: US Department of Health and Human Services. Seven-day average is the average of one day and previous six days of data. Currently hospitalized is the most recent number of Covid-19 patients reported by state hospitals for the previous four days. Troughs and peaks could be due to inconsistent reporting by hospitals. The number of hospitalizations at the start of the pandemic is underestimated due to incomplete reports by hospitals to the federal government.
The order, issued on Tuesday, applies to hospitals that have less than15 percent of beds available, and only applies to procedures that are scheduled in advance and can be delayed without adversely affecting patient health. It does not apply to urgent and essential procedures.
Authorities said the ordinance would help prepare for the annual increase in costs. hospitalizations typically seen after Thanksgiving and through January.
Secretary of State for Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders said in a statement Tuesday: "Covid hospitalizations in Massachusetts remain lower than almost every other state in the country, but the challenges facing the healthcare system remain, and this order will ensure that hospitals can serve all rresidents, including those who need treatment for Covid-19.
In Massachusetts, new cases have risen from an av of about 1,300 earlier this month to over 2,800, and hospitalizations have increased by 47% in the last 14 days, according to a database of Hfrance.fr . As of Wednesday morning, 740 people were hospitalized for Covid-19, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health .
State officials worked with the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association to develop the guidelines. Dr Eric Dickson, chairman of the association's board of directorsn and President and Chief Executive Officer. of UMass Memorial Health, said in a statement: "While we recognize that the delay in some pre-scheduled surgeries may present a sign of significant hardship for patients, we believe this is a necessary step. to ensure that all Commonwealth hospitals can continue to meet the needs of patients requiring emergency care. "