To handle the expected surge of patients with COVID-19, most hospitals and practices have postponed non-urgent tests and procedures.
Many of these decisions have been guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and
the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Putting off some tests and procedures during this crisis can help:
- Reduce the spread of COVID-19 overall by having fewer patients and visitors
- Protect you and care teams from exposure to people who may be carrying the virus
- Conserve medical supplies, so they can be used to care for patients who are severely ill
- Ease the strain on the health care system to help care for people with COVID-19 and other emergencies, including heart attacks and strokes
Postponing a test or procedure may make you feel uneasy, especially if it has been on the calendar for a while. You may be worried about how this delay might affect your health or options for care.
Rest assured that:
- Tests or procedures are being delayed only if the condition is not considered urgent or life-threatening
- Your health care team will do all they can to help you manage your condition and any symptoms you have during this time