Hospitals: Safe & Ready for Patients

An “elective” procedure is a scheduled procedure.

While some may think of an elective procedure as cosmetic or other optional surgeries, an elective procedure is any scheduled care, including for serious conditions or important screenings, such as colonoscopies, hysterectomies, cataract extractions, joint replacements and other surgical procedures integral to minimizing pain, improving quality of life and restoring health. Additionally, unexpected events, such as heart attacks, strokes, car crashes and other medical emergencies, have not stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Should I wait to receive care?

In many cases, receiving treatment quickly can mean the difference between recovery and irreversible damage to organs or even death. A quick response can mean an improved outcome. If you are suffering from an accident, experiencing pain or unexpected symptoms, having trouble breathing, or any other health care concern, call your health care provider or 911 immediately. Do not delay asking for help. Your health care provider’s expertise can help guide you to the appropriate next step.

Is my local hospital safe to visit?

Hospitals that are restarting some, or all, services have deemed it safe to do so, given their community COVID-19 infection rates and their facility’s capacity. Rest assured that your local hospital has planned very carefully to ensure they are equipped for your visit.

Hospitals are taking extra preventive measures to keep patients safe, including:

  • Pre-screening calls
  • Limited visitation and visitor temperature checks
  • Limited entrances
  • See-through shields at check-in desks
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout facilities
  • New waiting room protocols, including social distancing strategies
  • Check-in procedures via smart phone so patients can wait in their vehicles until a room is ready
  • Frequent sanitization of spaces
  • Universal mask use for caregivers, patients and visitors
  • Telemedicine for routine, nonemergency care
  • COVID-19 testing
  • COVID-19 patients in separate areas of the hospital and using separate elevators