An elective surgery is often an essential surgery because it is needed to avoid future complications, relieve or alleviate pain, regain mobility, and live healthier. Glacial Ridge Hospital is now able to resume these non-emergency procedures for optimal health. Governor Walz lifted the elective surgery suspension on May 5 effective May 11, as hospitals in the state have been able to obtain a necessary amount of medical and PPE supplies. Increased diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is another reason the suspension was lifted. People’s need for screenings and surgeries are still here and it is time to resume.
You can safely receive the surgical care you need, right here. The surgery team at GRHS has always been focused on preventing the spread of infection; and has implemented several enhancements to ensure the safety of patients, guests, and staff during COVID-19. While it may seem inconvenient, safety is the top priority. Operating at less than normal capacity, colonoscopies and endoscopies (EGD) began May 11. Echocardiograms and the most time-sensitive surgeries will start the week of June 1. Additional procedures and surgeries are being scheduled according to medical necessity due to the two-month delay, compared to hospital bed capacity. GRHS patients who had a postponed surgery will be contacted by our healthcare team to schedule a new date.
Surgical Patient Safety Protocols Enhanced
One of the most preventative measures put in place is pre-surgical COVID-19 testing. It is required for most patients to receive a test approximately four days prior to the procedure to help ensure the safety of the patient and medical staff. After testing, patients are asked to self-quarantine at home, practice strict social distancing, and perform frequent handwashing until the date of the procedure. Being negative for COVID-19 will help ensure optimal healing during the recovery phase, and it provides peace of mind for the patient. Patients are called with their test result.
Additional COVID-19 related education is provided during the pre-op appointment. Preparing for surgery, mandatory COVID-19 testing, prevention protocols for your safety at GRHS, and instructions on how to isolate prior to a procedure are some of the topics covered in the patient education.
Your health and safety is always our number one priority. We actively monitor COVID-19 in Minnesota and implement protocols following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommendations including limiting visitors, screening all patients and staff daily for illness, and requiring masks. Obtaining and responsibly using PPE supplies is important in order to continue the ability to offer elective (yet essential) procedures for our patients.