ROME, N.Y. – Rome Memorial Hospital will be taking several precautionary measures as it prepares to resume elective surgeries.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says hospitals with the capacity and resources to resume these procedures can do so if they are in a region that doesn’t have a significant risk of a surge in coronavirus cases.
Hospital CEO Mark Murphy says patients will be tested for coronavirus prior to surgery, and there will be separate entrances, elevators, units and staff for surgery patients.
“We now have the capability to do rapid on-site COVID-19 testing to test patients prior to a surgical procedure to minimize risks,” he said. “In addition, our teams have refined our workflows and processes to enhance the hospital’s already stringent infection prevention strategies.”
The hospital’s precautions will include:
- Using drive-thru specimen collection to test for COVID prior to surgery.
- Designating a separate entrance and elevator for patients to use on the day of surgery to limit their encounters with other people.
- Assigning patients to a surgical unit on a different floor separate from patients who may be hospitalized with an infectious disease.
- Utilizing staffing patterns that ensure staff assigned to care for suspected or positive COVID-19 patients don’t float into a unit caring for any elective surgery patient.
“Rome has had a very small number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the last 10 days and we expect that downward trend to continue,” Murphy said.
Based on this downward trend, the hospital is working on a strategy to shift resources and focus on other community needs.