Governor issues DHM destined for Nebraska Medicine

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Governor Pete Ricketts issued a directed health measure Friday morning ordering Nebraska Medicine not to perform pre-scheduled, elective surgeries at his Omaha hospital for a month.

Nebraska Medicine enacted its crisis care standards plan, effective 9 a.m. Thursday. Patients have been advised that while emergency rooms will remain open, the move could result in rescheduling or missing appointments, rescheduling of surgeries, denial of patient transfers, deployment of students in medicine in supporting roles and the use of irregular patient care areas.

But Friday’s DHM, which is slated to go into effect at 5 p.m., orders Nebraska Medical Center to permanently halt Class C, D and E inpatient and outpatient surgeries, which are pre-scheduled, elective medical surgeries, until February 13.

This is the first time the hospital has adopted this level of care, members of Nebraska Medicine’s leadership team said Thursday in a Zoom call, where they discussed the stress of the omicron variant on hospitals. .

A hospital spokesperson told 6 News that the current number of staff absences is also a factor in the decision. In a Zoom call shortly after the status announcement, hospital officials said they saw a 10-fold increase in absences in recent weeks, which doesn’t necessarily mean the staff themselves are sick. but that in many cases someone in their household is sick and they have to self-isolate or have to care for that other person.

Nebraska Medicine officials told 6 News on Thursday that the plan needed to be enacted to ensure non-COVID patients can continue to receive care. Some aspects of the plan were to remain in place for approximately two weeks from Monday, January 17.

“It really comes down to the judgment of the clinician to decide where a patient falls on that continuum,” said chief operating officer Cory Shaw. “What might be a case B for a patient might be a case C or a case D. relates to the needs of that patient.

This is a developing story. Stay with 6 News for updates.

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