COVID-19

In accordance with recommendations from the CMS, CDC and SCDHEC, the Surgery Center at Pelham is initiating the following protocols to help protect our patients, healthcare providers and community from COVID-19:

  • Physicians will schedule surgeries 5-7 days in advance to allow for appropriate screening
  • Patients will be screened over the phone for symptoms and exposure risk.
  • Education will be provided, and patients are instructed to self-quarantine until day of surgery
  • COVID-19 test ordered by physician and collected 72 hours prior to day of surgery, if indicated
  • If symptoms have appeared, and/or the test is positive, then postpone surgery
  • Staff will screen patients for symptoms and temperature checks
  • Patients should wear home face masks to cover mouth and nose to facility
  • Precautionary protocols for anesthesia and peri-operative care followed day of surgery
  • Post op instructions to include continued self-monitoring and social distancing day of surgery
  • Scheduled cases will be staggered to facilitate social distancing
  • Patients in preop and recovery will be at least 6 feet apart
  • Visitors are not allowed and only one entrance is open for patients
  • Accompanying adults will remain in personal vehicles until notified by physician
  • Recovery staff will call accompanying adult to review discharge instructions and request patient pick up
  • All areas, including frequently touched surfaces, will be cleaned using EPA-registered disinfectants.
  • All staff will be monitored for symptoms and temperatures daily
  • All staff will self-monitor and report any changes
  • SCDHEC will be notified of patients and/or staff with COVID-19 symptoms or positive test
  • Surgery Center at Pelham is staying connected with SCDHEC to know about COVID-19 in our community
  • Emphasize hand hygiene and cough etiquette for everyone.
  • For more information: www.cdc.gov/COVID19