Hospitals cautiously resume some surgeries

Because most hospitals have a tremendous backlog of cases — the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Health tallied up 1,000 procedures that were postponed between mid-March and the first week in May, says UCI Health Chief Medical Officer William Wilson, MD — many have also established multidisciplinary committees within their hospitals to look at that backlog of cases and decide which should be prioritized. … At UCI Health, all patients undergoing elective surgeries must undergo preoperative testing for COVID-19, Wilson says.