What to expect for your elective procedure

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COVID-19 Pre-procedure Testing

All patients having an elective procedure requiring sedation will be required to have a COVID-19 test between 3 and 5 days prior to your scheduled procedure.

  • The doctor performing your procedure will order this and you will receive a call to schedule your test.
  • This test will most often occur at Fillmore County Hospital.
  • After testing is complete, you will be asked to self-quarantine to minimize your exposure to COVID-19.
    • Stay home and away from others
    • Wash your hands often
    • Avoid sharing personal household items
    • Notify your provider immediately if you develop any symptoms
  • If you are positive for COVID-19, you will receive a phone call to postpone your surgery until you have fully recovered.

Screening Questions

Staff will frequently ask COVID-19 screening questions. This will occur during your pre-admission phone call, at the hospital registration desk, and again by the pre-op nurses. These screenings are to ensure that you stay healthy prior to your procedure.

Keeping you Safe

Our staff are committed to ensuring your safety while you are here:

  • All staff will be wearing masks and performing frequent hand hygiene.
  • Upon arrival you will be given a mask, unless you are wearing your own, and provided with instructions on when to wear it and how to store it.
  • Staff will maintain a distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible.

Visitation Policy

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, NO visitors are allowed in our hospital or specialty clinic. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Your loved ones can stay connected with you by

  • Using your personal phone and video conferencing (FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangout, etc.)
  • Calling the hospital to check on your status.
  • If you do not have any personal devices to stay connected with your loved ones, please ask the charge nurse to schedule a time to use one of the hospital’s devices.

In limited circumstances, the care team may allow a healthy adult support person to be present for the following:

  • Labor and Delivery
  • Pediatric/Minor patient
  • Dependent adult needing special assistance
  • Patient care partner needing hands on teaching and/or instructions prior to discharge
  • Outpatient or clinic appointment needing special support and/or transportation
  • Patient receiving end of life care
  • Special circumstances

The purpose of support persons is to assist with specific needs of the patient, as identified by the patient’s care team. All support persons must:

  • Enter through the main entrance and be screened for illness
  • Wear a mask while in the hospital
  • Follow all infection prevention and hospital guidelines. Violation of these guidelines will be required to leave immediately.

After Your Procedure

  • You will be in recovery for approximately 1-2 hours. Your surgeon will be able to tell you when he/she expects you to discharge
  • Your designated caregiver will be called and provided and update by the surgeon after your procedure
  • If you are discharging home, we will coordinate the pick-up time and location with your designated caregiver
  • Detailed instructions will be given to your designated caregiver over the phone. Written instructions will be sent home with the patient upon discharge. Specific instructions for COVID-19 safety will be provided at this time as well.
  • At discharge, staff will transport you in a wheelchair and wait with you for your ride
  • Your designated caregiver will be asked to wait and meet you at the main hospital entrance for pick up. Our staff will assist you into the vehicle and ensure your caregiver receives the paper copies of discharge instructions reviewed over the phone and answer any additional questions.

We are grateful that you have chosen Fillmore County Hospital, and we will do everything we can to support you and your loved ones during your stay.