June 14th, 2021

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Elective Procedures in Obstetrics and Gynecology During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Authors:  Patrick S. Ramsey, M.D., M.S.P.H., and Sarah M. Page-Ramsey, M.D.
  The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed healthcare systems in the United States and globally. Limited hospital resources, increasing patient surge, and growing demands on healthcare providers have led to the United States Surgeon General and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services calling for suspension of all nonessential adult elective surgery and medical procedures. As of March 27, 2020, 30 states had issued similar declarations related to elective procedures in the setting of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Two major questions have emerged as these events have unfolded: (1) What is the definition of an “elective” procedure? and (2) Are there specialty-specific considerations for obstetric and gynecologic procedures? This article provides insights into each of these questions and provides a working framework for obstetrician/gynecologists to advocate for their patients and coordinate with their hospital systems to develop “elective” procedure guidelines that incorporate considerations for women’s and maternal health.
Keywords:  betacoronavirus; coronavirus infections; COVID-19; COVID-19 pandemic; delivery of health care; disease transmission, infectious/prevention & control; elective procedure; gynecology; obstetrics; obstetrics and gynecology department, hospital; pandemics; pregnancy; risk factors; SARS-COV-2
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