Originally published in FierceHealthcare
By Sharon Ulep and Regan O’Connor
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic required extreme measures by operating rooms throughout the nation.
Fortunately, we’ve started seeing signs that the first wave of this crisis might be coming to an end, and hospitals and health systems are starting to create project plans allowing them to once again perform elective surgeries and procedures.
The time, then, is now to begin planning for how ORs should address the overflowing case demand and backlog of surgical procedures that were canceled. Dealing with both at once requires a plan.