4-22 Governor opens Elective Surgeries with accountability measures attached:
Under the new order, hospitals, dental offices and other health facilities can resume conducting elective surgeries on May 1 if they can show they have implemented measures intended to keep health care workers and patients safe. These include:
· Demonstrating greater than a 14 day supply of PPE;
· Ensuring adequate staffing and beds;
· Testing patients prior to surgery and all at-risk health care workers;
· Ensuring appropriate discharge plans for patients being transferred to nursing care facilities, including diagnostic testing for COVID-19;
· Implementing a universal symptom screening process for staff, patients, and visitors;
· Establishing an enhanced cleaning process for waiting areas;
· And prioritizing the restart of elective surgeries based on urgency.
Facilities that meet the specified standards will need to receive approval from the Department of Health Services before resuming elective surgeries. The order shall be considered for repeal or revision every two weeks.
My question would be - is this based on "written" approval? It would be unrealistic to have inspectors go to facilities and actually see if they are complying. If they are trusting medical/dental facilities to do what they say they are doing, then let's extend this opportunity to all businesses and open the state. Do they not trust us?