NRMC Resumes All Surgical Services, Prepares Patients for Safe Surgery
Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) announces they have resumed their full complement of surgical services at the hospital. Adhering to strict guidelines, NRMC is doing its utmost to guarantee the safety of its patients before, during, and after surgery. Patients are encouraged to have frank and open discussions with their surgeon, or doctor performing the procedure, to help them feel comfortable about returning for needed care.
Surveys have indicated that some people fear having surgery in areas where the number of COVID-19 cases has been increasing. Some have put off surgeries or canceled them altogether, often against the advice of their medical provider. Individuals fearful of risks may wait too long to seek the necessary, and sometimes lifesaving, care they need.
NRMC has recently taken the lead in assuring patients that surgery in their facility is safe and in full compliance with the standards established by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), and the American Hospital Association, which give guidance on resuming elective surgeries and procedures.
Precautions implemented include a pre-surgery protocol that emphasizes safety, and in some cases, the need to be tested for COVID-19 prior to surgery. NRMC has instituted mandatory COVID-19 pre-procedure testing for all aerosol generating procedures that are considered high risk for COVID-19 transmission as defined by the ACS and ASA. At the direction of the surgical team, a patient would be instructed to get tested for the virus 4-5 days prior to the surgery. Testing is done in an outside tent on the north side of the hospital located at 800 South Ash in Nevada, Monday through Friday. Different arrangements will be made on a case-by-case basis for anyone needing testing during the weekend.
Once the test is complete, patients are urged to avoid contact with anyone outside the family until the test results come back and the surgery is complete. If contact is made with someone known to have the COVID-19 virus, the healthcare provider should be notified immediately.
Crystal Beshore, Director of Surgical Services at NRMC, emphasized that her unit is doing everything possible to provide safe, effective and timely surgical procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. She noted, “The safety of our patients and personnel is the driving force behind everything we do here at the hospital. You can rest assured that if your physician recommends a procedure, it will be done professionally, safely and with excellence here at NRMC.”