Our Patients' Safety During COVID-19
Our center is a controlled space, staffed by providers who understand and have experience in managing infection and disease. Especially in the surgical arena, providing exceptional infection control precautions is simply a daily way of life for us.
That said, we know you have questions about your upcoming procedure. Please be aware that we are taking further steps to ensure your safety and comfort.
Before Your Procedure:
You were provided multiple pre-operative documents to complete to prepare for your procedure. Please complete these before your arrival to limit time spent in the waiting area.
You will need a responsible adult escort to drive you to your procedure and home. We will need to know the name and a cell phone number for your escort, and they will need to remain on property until your procedure is complete.
When You Arrive:
- Please wear a mask to the center.
- Please call the following number once you pull into the parking lot: 410-583-2760
- Our staff will inform you if you should come up to the center or wait in the car until we are ready for you.
- A nurse will meet you in the hallway. Your temperature and screening questions will be done. If everything is negative, then you will come into the center.
- Please have all your documentation completed before coming to the center.
- You will check in at the front desk to verify your insurance, address and other financial forms that need your signature.
- You will then come back to get ready for your procedure. The nurse will review your medical history and start an IV for sedation for your procedure.
- Your escort will need to wait in the car until your procedure is done.
- If your patient escort needs to accompany you, they must undergo the same health screening you will be subject to and follow all applicable center safety measures.
After Your Procedure
- The staff will call your escort when the patient is ready to be picked up. They will need to follow the instructions from the nurse on where to pick up the patient.
- At this time, we will review the findings of the procedure with you and, depending on your post-operative communication preference, your escort. You will also be provided with discharge information and instructions.
- If you should need to speak with the physician about concerns or questions you may have, that communication can be arranged.
Is it safe to have my surgery?
- While there is risk with any surgery, we are taking every precaution to ensure you are safe during your procedure.
- We are taking extra precautions to prescreen patients prior to their arrival at the center.
- We are rescheduling any patients who may be a greater risk.
Can I get COVID-19 from surgery?
- We keep our surgery center much cleaner than most other public places. We hold ourselves to the high infection control standards established for healthcare facilities.
- Our center is a controlled space, staffed by providers with experience in managing disease and infections.
What guidelines are you following for the safety of your patients during this time?
- We follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the World Health Organization.
- Our center maintains the standards of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid as well as accrediting organizations like Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and the Joint Commission.
- All medical and business office staff will wear masks during any interaction. Our medical staff is provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including, but not limited to, gowns, and gloves, to keep them and our patients safe.
- We are maintaining safe distance protocols whenever possible. This includes limiting the number of people in the center at any given time and spacing out chairs so they are at least six feet apart in the waiting area.
How do you clean your center to keep me safe?
- We follow all state and national recommendations to keep our centers clean and safe.
- We have increased our already stringent cleaning protocols. Only EPA-registered cleaning products are used, and waiting areas are cleaned at least twice a day. This includes high touch surfaces such as doorknobs, tabletops, countertops, handles, sinks and faucets. Hand sanitizer will be available near the front desk.
- We clean every procedure room both before and after every patient. In addition, we clean all of our public areas on a regular schedule
- Our cleaning procedures are regularly reviewed by the accreditation bodies listed above.