Indiana’s largest hospital system plans to resume elective surgeries soon after postponing it for months as COVID-19 and other critically ill patients have crowded its hospitals around the state.
Indiana University health officials said on Thursday some elective procedures could be resumed next week at the Indianapolis-based system, which operates 16 hospitals.
Dr Paul Calkins, vice president and chief medical officer, said IU Health has a backlog of thousands of elective surgeries, which are medically necessary but can often be conveniently scheduled for the patient. patients, such as hip replacement and tonsillectomy.
He said elective surgeries will resume slowly “because we still have a significant COVID burden.”
“It will take some time to ramp up again to serve all those waiting for us. But we hope to get to everyone as quickly as possible,” Calkins said Thursday.
He said IU Health has continued to perform urgent and urgent surgeries, such as surgery for cancer, gunshot wounds and heart attacks. As the state’s largest hospital system, it typically performs more than 70,000 surgeries a year.
IU Health has treated 567 hospitalized COVID-19 patients across its system as of Thursday, but that number is down about 15% from its peak of 669 on January 9, officials said. . COVID-19 cases represent about 30% of the system’s total patients.
About 70% of COVID-19 cases in IU Health hospitals are unvaccinated patients, but this figure in the intensive care unit is 90%, said Dr. Chris Weaver, clinical director.
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