Guidance on Deferment of Non-urgent Visits, Procedures During Panedmic

March 25, 2020
Grace Halsey
Grace Halsey

In order to conserve clincal resources needed to care for patients with COVID-19, the American College of Cardiology suggests that a variety of procedures and visits be placed on hold.

Given the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation that "non-urgent outpatient visits" and "elective surgeries as necessary" be rescheduled, the American College of Cardiology has identified a list of tests and procedures that may potentially be deferred.Writing in Cardiology Magazine on March 24, 2020, author Tyler J. Gluckman, MD notes that it is reasonable to consider deferring any test or procedure that is not likely to impact a patient's clinical care/outcomes over the next several months.Click through the slides below for a near-complete rendering of Dr Gluckman's list of tests/procedures that "have the potential to be deferred" and that, he says, could be a  "starting point" for conversations on the topic.