COVID-19 AND INFECTION SAFETY INFORMATION

Welcome to the North Memorial Ambulatory Surgery Center.  We appreciate the opportunity to take care of you and/or your family member during this stressful time period. Thank you for the vote of confidence in our facility and in our doctors.  We assure you that we are taking every action possible to insure your safety during the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. COVID-19 is spread through close personal contact or airborne droplets – coughing or sneezing. People may also contact the illness if they touch a surface infected with COVID-19 and then touch their mouths, noses or eyes. There’s currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

I understand that my physician has determined that my planned elective procedure/surgery is medically necessary and permissible under Governor Walz in the State of Minnesota as well as the federal government and return to elective surgeries.   Please know that the decision whether to proceed with the procedure/surgery now or to wait until after the COVID-19 is less prevalent is up to each patient and their family and given situation.  During this time – your care giver or person accompanying you to the center will be limited in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection.  In the event that you would develop any surgical complications or post-surgical complications, we may have to transfer you to a hospital for care. If that would occur, you could potentially be exposed to patients with COVID-19.

We would ask that you would contact your Doctor if you have further questions related to having a procedure during this pandemic.  With all the precautions, please know that there is always a risk when leaving your home regardless of the location.

The North Memorial Ambulatory Surgery Center has implemented several new actions, along with our existing infection control processes in response to the COVID-19.

Case Scheduling– We are allowing added time to provide extra cleaning parameters.

Limiting visitors

  • Only persons attending to pediatric patients or those patients requiring a primary provider for pt. care will be allowed to attend the patient.
  • No one under age of 18, patients exempt will be allowed in the facility.
  • Patient family and visitors will be asked to provide a phone number for provider postop call and discharge teaching needs.
  • Families will be asked to drop off the patient and wait in the car or close location.

Front reception and lobby:

  • All surfaces are decontaminated at the conclusion of each day’s cases per national standards, as well as are being sanitized between each patient encounter/registration – this includes the pens and electronic keyboards, etc.
  • Hand sanitizer provided upon entering the building.
  • All patients will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms, exposure history and temperature before entering the Ambulatory Surgery Center lobby.

Protective masks:

  • Shall be worn by all.
  • The front screening station will provide visitors with one disposable mask, if you have not brought one with you.
  • Patients are encouraged to bring their own cloth masks from home.
  • Please wear the mask at all times, while in the Center
  • For your safety, avoid touching the outside of the mask. When removing, touch only at the strings or and dispose in a nearby trash can.
  • Wash or sanitize hands immediately after removal and any time you may have touched your mask
  • You will find hand sanitizer or hand wash stations in all patient and healthcare areas.
  • After your registration, you may have a short wait in our lobby. We highly recommend the six feet social distancing.   You will notice our chairs are moved apart to allow for distancing and that the magazines and extra items are removed related to cleaning.
  • Once the RN comes to get you from our lobby, we will direct you to a hand wash or hand sanitizing station before entering the patient care areas. We recommend a minimum of 20 seconds wash, or enough time to sing the Happy Birthday song.
  • Anesthesia Interview: You will meet your assigned anesthesiologist, who will conduct his/her anesthesia assessment and consent, within appropriate proximity to fully meet your surgeon’s anesthesia needs.
  • All healthcare personnel will be wearing masks and potentially face shields when providing direct patient contact/care.

OR Procedure

  • The Facility will be utilizing standard and recommended practices related to anesthesia protocols, airway needs, air exchanges and cleaning our rooms. All procedures will be utilized to keep you as free from exposure as possible.

Recovery

  • Recovery will be as per protocol to ensure you are able to be discharged with minimal pain and nausea and will follow CDC guidelines for exposure limitation.
  • Discharge instructions will be provided during your preoperative phase and again with your family member over the phone. Written information will be provided for your care giver related to home use.
  • Medication administration – we will be providing a sheet of information related to the meds you received in the center as well as next dose needs.
  • The Care giver will be notified when it is time to pick up the patient related to discharge and home going needs.

 

Safety Precautions At Home:

  • Wear a protective cloth mask if venturing outside your home or yard.  Keep mobile, but safe.
  • Wash your hands or hand sanitize often.
  • Prior to touching your dressings
  • After eating, using the restroom, coughing, sneezing or touching high use items (door knobs, cell phones, TV remotes, computer mouse, sink and bathroom knobs etc.)
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of tissue after.  OR cough into your elbow.
  • Post Op call
  • You will receive a call within 1- 2 days postop related to your procedure.
  • Contact the center within 14 days of your surgery if you experience any signs or symptoms of the COVID-19 virus or if you are notified that you have been exposed to the virus.

We offer our best wishes on your recovery.  Please tell us about your visit, by completing our electronic patient survey that is sent within a week of your surgery.

Thank you!