Brigham and nurses say hospital violates order for elective surgery

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Nurses at Brigham and Women’s accuse the hospital of violating a state order that limits elective procedures and surgeries. The state had ordered hospitals running out of space to cut elective procedures by 30% in November, and then by 50% by Wednesday.

Nurses call for an investigation from the Mass Department of Public Health. They said in a letter to the ministry that urgent surgeries such as head trauma and bone fractures were being ruled out, while non-essential surgeries such as tummy tucks and excessive skin removal continued to take up space and time. time.

Nurses said in one case, a woman with a brain hemorrhage was forced to wait in the emergency room because of the high surgical volume at the hospital.

Hospitals have the option of either keeping 15% of their beds open or reducing their elective surgeries. Nurses said in the letter that some hospital staff were performing procedures they were not trained or qualified for.

A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Nurses Association, which represents nurses in Brigham, said the Department of Public Health had yet to respond to the letter early Tuesday afternoon.

WBZ NewsRadio has contacted the hospital for comment. A spokeswoman for the hospital told the Boston Globe that the facility was following state rules and making decisions about which surgeries to postpone based on recommendations from a group of health experts.

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