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State says some elective surgeries should be canceled due to water crisis

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The state has important guidelines for doctors and hospitals in light of Toledo's water crisis.

They say hospitals should cancel elective surgeries unless the facility is absolutely sure it has a surgery packet sterilized prior to 8/1/14 or those surgery packets were sterilized at a facility not affected by the water crisis. Facilities that have an alternate sterilization method that doesn't use city water can go ahead with surgeries.

Primary care doctors can stay open, but are reminded that patients and staff need to avoid drinking city water and that they need to follow the same procedures as hospitals when it comes to minor surgeries.

Dentists are advised to cancel all procedures that use tap water unless they have another water source or use reverse-osmosis filtration.

Oral surgeons need to follow the hospital surgery guidelines and make sure patients and staff do not drink tap water.

They also say that the reverse-osmosis water purification is acceptable for use in dialysis clinics.

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