Sep 30, 2021 2:41 PM

Ricketts extends suspension of some hospital surgeries

Posted Sep 30, 2021 2:41 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans who need certain types of surgeries will need to wait longer under a public health measure that will continue through October.

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced that he's extending the measure through Oct. 31 to help short-staffed hospitals cope with existing patients.

The directed health measure had been scheduled to expire on Thursday.

The order applies to inpatient Class D and E elective surgeries for all acute care, critical care and children’s hospitals in Nebraska.

Class D and E surgeries are elective procedures that can wait four weeks or longer without substantially changing a patient’s outcome.