Elective surgeries resume at some Hudson County hospitals

Safety procedures remain to protect patients and staff

After a significant reduction in coronavirus-related cases in the past couple of weeks, all three hospitals in the CarePoint Health network resumed elective surgical procedures beginning May 26.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal and state health official had recommended postponement of all elective surgical procedures.

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CarePoint Health directed its network of Hudson County hospitals, Christ Hospital, Bayonne Medical Center and Hoboken University Medical Center, to cancel elective surgical services. According to CarePoint, in doing so this allowed the hospitals to conserve critical resources and free up staffing in anticipation of the surge of COVID-19 cases.

The three hospitals helped patients with COVID-19 during the surge of the pandemic, having treated 1 in 82 of all admissions related to COVID infections in the US. The hospitals will be following strict safety guidelines outlined by public health officials, guidelines from the CDC and additional measures adopted by the CarePoint clinical leaders that will add to the safety and peace of mind of both patients and caregivers.

Safety protocols still in place

Dr. Achintya Moulick, the Chief Transition Officer of the CarePoint Health System, said that CarePoint Health is happy to reopen elective surgeries and welcome patients now that the hospitals have effectively responded to the surge of COVID-19 cases.

“We will continue to adhere to all protocols to keep patients and caregivers safe,” Dr. Moulick said. “The hospitals will have thermal detection cameras at the entrances and specific units, negative pressure delivery modules, COVID and non-COVID floors, and use all measures to disinfect patient care areas as well as common areas.”

In addition to those measures, patients and staff will be tested for COVID-19 prior to the procedure.

Patients will be tested for the coronavirus 72 hours before the elective surgery. In addition, the “no visitor” policy will remain in place initially, according to CarePoint. All patients coming into the Emergency Department will be tested as well and there is a uniform policy for employee testing at the three hospitals.

“We will be able to continue to provide the best, safe and most efficient care for the residents of our communities,” Dr. Moulick said.

Christ Hospital has also acquired a rapid virus and antibody analyzer and the other hospitals plan on instituting them also.

Patients who had their procedures postponed due to the pandemic should reach out to their physicians to reschedule them on a convenient date, CarePoint said. The hospitals will also reach out to the patients who had to reschedule in the past couple of months.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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