As the number of COVID-19 cases increases across the country, Mercy continues to prepare our co-workers and facilities for a possible influx of patients. The next critical step in those preparations is to begin postponing non-urgent imaging services in compliance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American College of Radiology.
Beginning Monday, March 23, the following scheduled cases will be postponed:
- Screening Mammography
- CT Lung Cancer Screening
- Non-urgent CT
- Non-urgent MRI
- Plain film X-ray Exams
- All other non-emergent or elective Radiologic and Imaging Guidance Exams or Procedures
Mercy has also decided to postpone elective, non-urgent surgical procedures. Elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures are those that can be rescheduled to a future time and will not significantly impact the patient’s health.
Postponing elective procedures that are safe to delay will protect patients and providers while helping hospitals preserve supplies of personal protective equipment and provide capacity for critically ill patients.
Emergent and urgent surgeries and procedures will continue and include cases that should be done right away or within a 4-week time period because delaying the surgery could negatively affect the patient’s health.
This decision was not taken lightly but is necessary to safeguard our patients and co-workers from exposure while also helping our hospitals preserve personal protective equipment.
In consultation with patients, providers will determine the best course of action to reschedule these services in order to meet the patient’s specific health needs.
Mercy will begin contacting patients as their cases become eligible for postponement.