Anytime a patient enters our facility, we want to make sure they have the most positive and safe experience possible. Now during COVID-19, we're taking even more precautions. The following outlines information that we have been providing our scheduled surgery patients regarding those precautions.
What is Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics doing to reduce the spread of COVID-19?
Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics has taken the following precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to patients and healthcare personnel:
Can I have visitors with me during my procedure?
We are restricting visitors into the facility to prevent their exposure to ill patients and to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 unknowingly within the hospital since some persons can spread the virus before symptoms appear. Instructions will be provided to your family member/designee when they bring you to your procedure and when you are ready to go home. Your doctor will communicate with your family member/designee directly such as from the safety of their vehicle or by a telecommunication device following your procedure.
Who is at higher risk for severe illness with COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for COVID-19. Your doctor will work with you to evaluate your risks.
Based on what we know now, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:
People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including those:
What precautions should I take when I am discharged from the hospital?
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus. After you are discharged from the hospital, it is important to do the following:
What symptoms of COVID-19 should I watch for after I return home?
Be alert to any new symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Please contact your doctor if you have any of following new symptoms after you return home:
Seek immediate medical attention if you have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, bluish lips or face, or new confusion or inability to stay awake. Call 911, if needed.
Our goal is to continue to provide elective surgical procedures as safely as possible so patients do not have any further delays in treatment. While we all hope that this response is temporary, we may need to adapt our protocols as COVID-19 cases increase or decrease in our community. We appreciate your patience and support as we continue to maneuver through this changing time.