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Surgical Services COVID-19 FAQs

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  1. My patient is known COVID-19 positive or person under investigation (PUI). My patient is already intubated.
    • What are the required precautions for transporting the patient from the ICU to the OR and back?
    • Who will be present during intubation?
    • Who will be in the room during extubation?
  2. My patient is known COVID-19 positive or PUI. My patient is NOT intubated.
    • What is the flow of the patient from the floor/ICU to the OR? How do I make sure that there will be a negative pressure room available for intubation/extubation in the PACU, prior to my arrival?
    • Who will be present during intubation?
    • Who will be present during extubation?
  3. My patient does not have symptoms of COVID-19 and is having urgent/emergent surgery.
    • My patient is already intubated. What is the appropriate precautions for transporting the patient from the ICU to the OR and back?
    • My patient is not intubated. What is the flow of the patient from the floor/ICU to the OR?
  4. My patient does not have symptoms of COVID-19. The patient will be intubated for the surgery.
    • Who will intubate the patient in the OR?
    • What is the PPE that is to be worn by the person doing the intubation?
    • What is the role of the circulating nurse during the intubation?
    • What is the PPE that is to be worn by the circulating nurse during intubation and extubation?
  5. My patient is planned for a MAC and regional/local anesthesia in the OR. My patient is known COVID-19 positive or PUI.
    • How do OR team members protect themselves from exposure?
  6. My patient is planned for a MAC and regional/local anesthesia in the OR. My patient does not have symptoms of COVID-19.
    • What PPE am I supposed to wear after intubation and before extubation?
  7. My patient is having laparoscopic/robotic surgery. My patient is known COVID-19 positive or PUI.
    • What PPE am I supposed to wear as the scrub tech, circulating nurse, anesthesiology team member, surgeon during the surgery?
  8. My patient is having laparoscopic/robotic surgery. My patient does not have symptoms of COVID-19.
    • What PPE am I supposed to wear as the scrub tech, circulating nurse, anesthesiology team member, surgeon during the surgery?
  9. My patient is known COVID-19 positive or PUI.
    • What is the mechanism to be sure that EVS knows this and takes appropriate measures to clean?
  10. I am a nurse or PACU Resident in the PACU. My patient does not have symptoms of COVID-19.
    • My patient is coughing in the PACU. What PPE should I be wearing? Should I place a standard surgical mask on the patient?
    • My patient is resting comfortably.  What PPE should I be wearing? Should I place a standard surgical mask on the patient?
  11. I am a nurse, tech, surgeon, resident, or anesthesia team member in Pre-Op. My patient does not have symptoms of COVID-19.
    • What PPE am I supposed to wear during my interaction with this patient?
  12. I am scheduled to care for a patient who is known COVID-19 positive or PUI and surgery is expected to be done in the Eye Hospital.
    • What do I do?
  13. I am in a demographic that puts me at high risk of complications if I contract COVID-19.
    • Can I opt out of the care of patients who are known to be COVID-19 positive or under investigation as a nurse, tech, anesthesiology team member?
  14. I have small children at home. I do not want to bring COVID-19 home to them.
    • Can I opt out of caring for patients who are known to be COVID-19 positive or who are under investigation?

1. My patient is known COVID-19 positive or person under investigation (PUI). My patient is already intubated.

What are the required precautions for transporting the patient from the ICU to the OR and back?

Who will be present during intubation?

Who will be in the room during extubation?

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2. My patient is known COVID-19 positive or PUI. My patient is not intubated.

What is the flow of the patient from the floor/ICU to the OR? How do I make sure that there will be a negative pressure room available for intubation/extubation in the PACU, prior to my arrival?

Who will be present during intubation?

Who will be present during extubation?

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3. My patient does not have symptoms of COVID-19 and is having urgent/emergent surgery.

My patient is already intubated. What is the appropriate precautions for transporting the patient from the ICU to the OR and back?

My patient is not intubated. What is the flow of the patient from the floor/ICU to the OR?

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4. My patient does not have symptoms of COVID-19. The patient will be intubated for the surgery.

Who will intubate the patient in the OR?

What is the PPE that is to be worn by the person doing the intubation?

What is the role of the circulating nurse during the intubation?

What is the PPE that is to be worn by the circulating nurse during intubation and extubation?

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5. My patient is planned for a MAC and regional/local anesthesia in the OR. My patient is known COVID-19 positive or person under investigation (PUI).

How do OR team members protect themselves from exposure?

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6. My patient is planned for a MAC and regional/local anesthesia in the OR. My patient does not have symptoms of COVID-19.

What PPE am I supposed to wear after intubation and before extubation?

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7. My patient is having laparoscopic/robotic surgery. My patient is known COVID-19 positive or PUI.

What PPE am I supposed to wear as the scrub tech, circulating nurse, anesthesiology team member, surgeon during the surgery?

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8. My patient is having laparoscopic/robotic surgery.  My patient does not have symptoms of COVID-19

What PPE am I supposed to wear as the scrub tech, circulating nurse, anesthesiology team member, surgeon during the surgery?

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9. My patient is known COVID-19 positive or PUI

What is the mechanism to be sure that EVS knows this and takes appropriate measures to clean?

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10. I am a nurse or PACU Resident in the PACU.  My patient does not have symptoms of COVID-19.

My patient is coughing in the PACU. What PPE should I be wearing? Should I place a standard surgical mask on the patient?

My patient is resting comfortably. What PPE should I be wearing? Should I place a standard surgical mask on the patient?

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11. I am a nurse, tech, surgeon, resident, or anesthesia team member in Pre-Op.  My patient does not have symptoms of COVID-19

What PPE am I supposed to wear during my interaction with this patient?

12. I am scheduled to care for a patient who is known COVID-19 positive or PUI and surgery is expected to be done in the Eye Hospital. 

What do I do?

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13. I am in a demographic that puts me at high risk of complications if I contract COVID-19. 

Can I opt out of the care of patients who are known to be COVID-19 positive or under investigation as a nurse, tech, anesthesiology team member?

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14. I have small children at home.  I do not want to bring COVID-19 home to them. 

Can I opt out of caring for patients who are known to be COVID-19 positive or who are under investigation?

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