Vidant Health increases access to essential care and services

Published 6:36 pm Saturday, May 9, 2020

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Vidant Health continues to increase access to essential care and services, supported by North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Sec. Mandy Cohen’s announcement on Friday, May 1. “This requires a defined process, careful planning and a phased approach, while keeping the safety of team members, providers and patients at the forefront of all decisions,” stated a Vidant Health press release.

Essential care and services include any procedure or surgery that, if not done within four weeks, would cause harm to the patient. This includes select general and orthopedic surgeries, cardiac, vascular and gastroenterology procedures.

Vidant states it is prioritizing patients using well-established protocols that reflect guidelines and best practices outlined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the U.S. Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Patients should continue to communicate with their provider. Once a procedure or surgery is scheduled, patients are following these steps when scheduled for essential services:

  1. Complete a COVID-19 screening and test at a Vidant testing site at least 48 hours prior.
  2. While waiting for test results and prior to surgery or procedure, patients will wear the provided mask at home, self-isolate, monitor their temperature and should contact their physician if they develop any COVID-19-related symptoms. These steps are in addition to any pre-procedure instructions given by their physician.
  3. If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the physician who ordered the test will contact the patient to make them aware of the positive test and cancel the procedure. If the patient has a primary care physician (PCP), the physician will recommend the patient follow-up with their PCP for next steps.
  4. If the COVID-19 test comes back negative, the patient will not be contacted and should arrive at their procedure or surgery site as previously scheduled.
  5. Upon arrival at the hospital or SurgiCenter, patients can expect to be screened upon entry to the facility and then follow the normal pre-op process.

Vidant is committed to maintaining the safest environment to deliver essential care and services throughout the ongoing pandemic, which includes separate triage and treatment zones for COVID-19 patients,” states the release. “Increasing access to essential care and services requires careful planning and a phased approach, while keeping the safety of team members, providers and patients at the forefront of all decisions.”

Vidant states it is using superior cleaning techniques, including sterilization and cleaning protocols such as the use of Solaris UV Lytbots. “Vidant’s trained environmental service teams have – and will continue to – ensure all high-touch surfaces are fully sanitized.” The phased approach also includes ensuring all Vidant entities have adequate PPE and other supplies necessary to safely deliver essential care and services.



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