If timely outpatient procedure allows patients to stay away from hospitals in the emergency rooms, it cardiovascular conditions correcting with surgery correcting should be strongly considered. If you have decided to undergo heart procedure during the coronavirus epidemic here’s a guide to how to do it safely.
WHAT SYMPTOMS SHOULD I BE WATCHING FOR PRIOR TO MY PROCEDURE?
- Fever (>100.3 F)
- Shortness of breath
- Sore Throat
- Loss of Smell/Taste
HOW LONG BEFORE MY PROCEDURE DO I NEED TO GET MY COVID-19 TEST?
Due to heavy demand and decreased availability of these tests the results may not be available for up to a week. You must get your COVID-19 Active Viral Infection PCR Test 7-14 days prior to your procedure
WHERE CAN I GO TO GET MY COVID-19 TEST?
There are several places available in Arizona for you to get your COVID-19 Active Viral Infection PCR Test. Your doctor’s office will assist you in getting an appointment. You can also look at sites like your primary care doctor’s office, your urgent care, CVS store, other drive-through facilities like Embry women’s health.
CAN MY FAMILY MEMBER ACCOMPANY ME TO MY PROCEDURE?
Visitor policy varies depending on the place of the procedure. Currently, no visitors are allowed at St. Joseph Hospital. At our ambulatory surgery center, no visitors who have not been screened for COVID 19 with the PCR test are allowed. However, visitors can stay at the main lounge on the first floor and once your procedure is completed they can give you a ride back home.
If you absolutely require a family member to accompany you, they must also undergo COVID testing prior to your procedure.