Online March 24, 2020
Few COVID-19 patients, hospital resources not exhausted, institution still has ICU ventilator capacity and COVID-19 trajectory not in rapid escalation phase.
Cases that need to be done as soon as feasible (recognizing status of each hospital likely to evolve over next week or two):
Diagnoses that could be deferred 3 months
Alternative treatment approaches to delay surgery that can be considered:
Many COVID-19 patients, ICU and ventilator capacity limited, OR supplies limited
Cases that need to be done as soon as feasible (recognizing status of hospital likely to progress over next few days):
Cases that should be deferred:
Alternative treatment approaches:
Hospital resources are all routed to COVID 19 patients, no ventilator or ICU capacity, OR supplies exhausted. Patients in whom death is likely within hours if surgery deferred.
Cases that need to be done as soon as feasible (status of hospital likely to progress in hours)
All other cases deferred
Alternate treatment recommended