Special Covid-19 Precautions for Surgery
All of us want to ensure that extra precautions are taken to minimize the risk of Covid-19 transmission during surgery. To achieve this, Mount Sinai will be testing all patients prior to their operation and taking all reasonable precautions that we can. Please see below for some of these extra steps for safety.
Mount Sinai has taken extra steps to ensure your safety and you can see them at the Mount Sinai Safety Hub.
Before Your Surgery
- You will be tested for Covid-19 before your operation. This test will be performed in a safe, clean, off-site location which does not treat Covid-19 patients
- When you come in for your surgery we will ask additional screening questions about Covid-19 symptoms
- To minimize your exposure to Covid-19, please minimize your activities outside the home for 2 weeks before your operation. Also, please avoid contact with friends or family members who may have had recent exposure to Covid-19
- Practice social distancing whenever possible, with 6 feet between people
- Let your doctor know immediately if you have symptoms of Covid-19 like cough, fever above 100 degrees, shortness of breath, body aches, chills, general fatigue or loss of taste/smell
At the Time of Your Surgery
- We do have restrictions in place regarding visitors. These change on a frequent basis. To find the most recent rules regarding visitors please click here.
- When you arrive at the hospital, let the guard at the front desk know you are here for an operation — they will show you where to check in
- We have extra safety precautions in the hospital to keep Covid-19 patients separated from others