Ballad Health to resume elective surgical operations

Johnson City Press • Jan 21, 2020 at 9:23 AM

Regional health care system Ballad Health announced Monday that elective surgical operations across the health system would resume, following a recall of surgical supplies by Cardinal Health announced last week.

Last week, the FDA instructed healthcare providers nationwide to not use major supplier Cardinal Health’s surgical gowns or prepackaged surgical supplies because of potential sterilization issues. Ballad Health announced Friday it was suspending all elective, non-emergency surgical procedures scheduled for Monday, Jan. 20, and Tuesday, Jan. 21.

According to a news release issued Monday, Ballad Health had since secured the inventory necessary to ensure emergency and urgent supplies are available for the projected need in its service area. The elective, non-emergency surgeries that were postponed were being rescheduled, and Ballad Health team members were contacting affected patients.

Ballad officials said they did not know whether there would be additional supply disruption in the coming days or weeks, but the system would act responsibly based on those conditions.

“The resumption of full services is happening due to the hard work of our clinical and supply chain teams,” said Alan Levine, chairman and CEO of Ballad Health. “We are continuing to monitor the situation nationally, and we will continue our ongoing dialogue with Cardinal Health and follow the guidance of the FDA.”

To read the FDA’s statement on the Cardinal Health surgical supplies quality issues, visit www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/statement-quality-issues-certain-cardinal-health-surgical-gowns-and-packs .

Additional information about the nationwide surgical supply interruption can also be found at www.balladhealth.org.

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