Carris Health Resuming Elective Procedures

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Starting this week, and in accordance with the Minnesota governor's executive order, CentraCare and Carris Health will resume medically necessary procedures that were delayed due to preparation for a surge of COVID-19 patients.

Surgical teams will safely increase emergent and time sensitive procedures to meet patients' needs. As time goes on, CentraCare and Carris Health will continue to carefully expand to other types of cases, staying within the guidelines set forth by Gov. Tim Walz. However, these procedures will not be at pre-COVID levels for some time as staffing, equipment and inpatient bed availability will be limited.

"Our team is using a scoring system developed by the American College of Surgeons to prioritize medically necessary procedures based on patient acuity, safety, resources and more," said Dr. Nathan Slinkard, Medical Director of Surgical Services and Orthopedic Surgeon, Carris Health. "The safety and well-being of our patients is the main priority for Carris Health. If we feel it necessary to conserve resources elective procedures could be rolled back at any time."

Patients who are candidates for the elective procedures will be notified by their clinics. Patients who will undergo a procedure involving general anesthesia will be given a COVID-19 nasal swab and must test negative before the procedure can be done.

Over the past weeks, CentraCare and Carris Health have taken other measures to keep patients and staff safe, including universal masking, patient and staff screenings, visitor restrictions and intensive cleaning measures.

For patients who have questions about upcoming procedures, please contact your primary care provider or connect through MyChart.