CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Roper Saint Francis Healthcare announced on Friday that they will suspend all elective surgeries, effective Tuesday, as COVID-19 cases have begun to overwhelm the healthcare system.
Roper cited “the unrelenting flood of COVID-19 patients, combined with the number of teammates exposed or infected with COVID-19” as the deciding factors. They are taking the action “to ensure [they] have enough clinical caregivers to care for patients.”
RSFH reports that 37% of all inpatients are COVID-19 patients.
Staff will “continue to perform emergent cases and urgent and those that are life-and-limb threatening.”
As of now, Roper St. Francis is the only healthcare system in the Charleston area that has decided to suspend elective surgeries. That said, recent data shows that other hospitals may have to follow suit.
This ongoing study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation shows a projected incline in need for hospital beds in South Carolina.
However, their predicted numbers are much lower than the total number of beds statewide (approximately 4,700).
Recent data from the Medical University of South Carolina takes a closer look at healthcare systems in the Charleston area.
The current label for hospital patient care is at a yellow warning; meaning the rising hospitalized COVID-19 cases is a growing concern. We will be giving updates if hospitals in the area make any changes.