AZ health officials urge hospitals to prepare for overcrowding amid COVID-19 rise

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Updated: Jun. 8, 2020 at 10:52 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Arizona Department of Health Services sent a letter to hospitals over the weekend detailing how to prepare for emergency services amid the COVID-19 rise.

Hospitals are urged to do the following:

  • Fully activate your facility emergency plan as directed by Executive Order 2020-16 ○ Institute your hospital incident command ○ Ensure continuation of essential service personnel, including non-clinical staff ○ Review the Arizona Crisis Standards of Care Plan to make determinations for moving your facility from conventional care to contingency care and prepare for crisis care
  • Be judicious and reduce or suspend elective surgeries to ensure adequate bed capacity for both COVID and non-COVID admissions as required by Executive Order 2020-10 ○ Under Executive Order 2020-32, facilities may request an exemption from Executive Order 2020-10 and resume elective surgeries if they can demonstrate several elements, including:
  • A 14 day supply of PPE;
  • Adequate staffing and bed availability with no more than 80% total bed capacity occupied;
  • Access to COVID-19 testing; and
  • Enhanced cleaning and screening precautions.
  • Facilities that have resumed elective surgeries but are now experiencing staffing shortages or inadequate bed capacity must suspend electives immediately
  • Maintain and implement plans to staff the surge beds you identified as directed by Executive Order 2020-16 ○ Continue to identify additional ICU and inpatient beds to meet the 50% additional bed increase as required by Executive Order 2020-16.

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