After new guidance from Inslee, doctors and patients start rescheduling elective surgeries


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(King County, WA) Dr. Charles Peterson II, president and board Chair of Proliance Surgeons, said Proliance is also working on COVID-19 testing and has careful protocols for social distancing.

Family members are asked to drop off patients and come back after the procedure, rather than sit in waiting rooms.

"We've spread out the surgical scheduling, so we don't have patients on top of each other in the preoperative areas and post-operative areas," Peterson said.

Peterson estimated his 250 fellow surgeons at Proliance have postponed roughly 15,000 surgeries.

"Those patients are still out there suffering and, in some cases, getting worse," Peterson said.

Peterson said Proliance now plans to contact patients who fit into the governor’s new guidelines and bring them back “safely and thoughtfully.”

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