IDPH Notice re: Elective Inpatient Surgeries and Procedures

June 3, 2020

This morning, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) sent hospitals a notice (click here) via SIREN concerning the specific circumstances and metrics under which hospitals may perform elective inpatient surgeries and procedures as originally outlined in IDPH’s April 24 Guidance on Elective Surgeries and Procedures.

Individual hospitals must meet ALL three following requirements to perform elective inpatient procedures:

  • Hospital availability of adult medical/surgical beds exceeds 20% of operating capacity for adult medical/surgical beds;   
  • Hospital availability of ICU beds exceeds 20% of operating capacity for ICU beds; and   
  • Hospital ventilator availability exceeds 20% of total ventilators.

IDPH will calculate a hospital’s availability/capacity as follows: A calculation of available beds/ventilators divided by total bed/ventilator capacity.  Every Wednesday night, IDPH will run a report from EMResource to determine if hospitals meet the above requirements. Specifically, the report will show if a hospital is below the 20% threshold in any of the above three categories, calculated as a rolling average of the previous seven days. Beginning this Friday, June 5, IDPH will notify hospitals every Friday if they are under the 20% threshold in any of the three categories. 

For more information, see IHA’s summary memo.