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How Covid-19 is Impacting the Operating Room

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Covid-19

Since mid-March of 2020, the United States has been taking a number of precautions to slow or stop the spread of Covid-19. This virus causes flu-like symptoms and, like other viruses, is contagious. In order to minimize contact with any individual who may be carrying the disease, governments and businesses have implemented preventative measures. Social distancing, masks, and stay-at-home directives are approaches now very familiar to Americans. Medical centers, despite many regulations and precautions, have been affected by the spread of Covid-19. Listed below are some examples of how Covid-19 is impacting the operating room.

Personnel

Prior to Covid-19, operating rooms were typically staffed with a patient, a surgeon, and several assistants. Due to unexpected increases in non-surgical patients, many trained personnel have left the operating room in order to attend to emergency rooms and the like. In some instances, the lack of helpers in the operating room has led to increased workload and increased hours for those who remain. Surgeons often work 12-hour shifts. Despite many facilities cancelling procedures deemed to be non-essential, the overall effect of the Coronavirus is that surgical staff are often strained.

Logistics

Different types of operations create various recovery periods, and these may be longer or shorter depending on each individual. The influx of Covid-related hospitalizations has forced emergency medical to expand their facilities to include, when necessary, recovery rooms. Patients in recovery may be discharged prematurely in order to provide a bed for a more recent or severe patient recovering from surgery. Surgeons often attend meetings via telecommunication.

Since Covid-19 became a pandemic, most aspects of human contact have been reduced or modified. This is especially true in medical facilities. In regard to surgery, the Coronavirus has impacted operating room professionals. Covid-19 has also affected the logistics of surgery, including patient recovery rooms and telecommunication. The necessary equipment can be easily identified and purchased from the medical device professionals at Medical Device Store.