April 6, 2020
OEIS Provides Interventional Procedure Recommendations During COVID-19 Crisis
April 6, 2020—The Outpatient Endovascular and Interventional Society (OEIS) announced to its members new procedural conduct recommendations for managing the COVID-19 crisis. OEIS convened an expert panel that determined these represented reasonable guidelines regarding what constituted elective versus nonelective procedures.
The recommendations delineate which treatments should be postponed or performed for 18 categories including peripheral diseases, coronary diseases, and cancer.
OEIS advised that each physician must make individual decisions regarding postponing/proceeding with procedures and what constitutes compliance with their state mandates.
Additionally, the society advised it is waiting for a response from a letter to state authorities in Florida for clarification and official guidance of what constitutes permissible nonelective and urgent medical procedures that should be performed without delay during the period covered by the Governor Ron DeSantis' Executive Order #20-72 of March 20, "Emergency Management - COVID-19 - Nonessential Elective Medical Procedures."