While some may think of an elective procedure as cosmetic or other optional surgeries, an elective procedure is any scheduled care, including for serious conditions or important screenings, such as colonoscopies, hysterectomies, cataract extractions, joint replacements and other surgical procedures integral to minimizing pain, improving quality of life and restoring health. Additionally, unexpected events, such as heart attacks, strokes, car crashes and other medical emergencies, have not stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In many cases, receiving treatment quickly can mean the difference between recovery and irreversible damage to organs or even death. A quick response can mean an improved outcome. If you are suffering from an accident, experiencing pain or unexpected symptoms, having trouble breathing, or any other health care concern, call your health care provider or 911 immediately. Do not delay asking for help. Your health care provider’s expertise can help guide you to the appropriate next step.
Hospitals that are restarting some, or all, services have deemed it safe to do so, given their community COVID-19 infection rates and their facility’s capacity. Rest assured that your local hospital has planned very carefully to ensure they are equipped for your visit.
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Baptist Health: Why Baptist Health Is Safe for Care During COVID-19
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Baptist Health South Florida: Cancer Patient FAQs COVID-19 Updates
BayCare Health System: BayCare Medical Group Physicians Use Telehealth to Virtually See Patients During COVID-19
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Cleveland Clinic Florida: Yes, You Can (and Should) Still Go to the ER for Emergencies During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Halifax Health: Scrubbed and Ready
Health First: Understanding COVID-19
Kindred Healthcare: COVID-19 FAQs
Lee Health: Many Outpatient and Clinic Locations Now Reopen to the Public
Memorial Healthcare System: Childbirth during COVID-19, Safety Procedures for Mom and Baby
NCH Healthcare System: COVID-19 Updates
Orlando Health: Updates Affecting Our Patients & Visitors
University of Miami Health System: This is How Health Care Providers Are Protecting You From COVID-19