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Published on January 27, 2021

Procedures at Stamford Hospital—What to Expect

Michael Ebright, MD, Stamford Health Medical Group and Michael Parry, MD. Director of Infectious Diseases

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At Stamford Health, your safety is our top priority. We continue to take measures to safeguard your health during COVID-19 by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines.

When you have a procedure at Stamford Hospital, expect:

  • Cleaning—All procedural areas are thoroughly cleaned between patient visits. We use specialized UV light disinfection, also known as the robotic Xenex machine, as part of our robust infection prevention program.
  • Screening—Everyone who enters a Stamford Health location is screened for symptoms of COVID-19. Expect to answer a series of questions and have your temperature taken.
  • Testing—You'll be tested for COVID-19 48 hours before your procedure. For your convenience, we can help you schedule an appointment at Stamford Hospital. If you choose to receive testing elsewhere, you will need to prove that you received your test results 48 hours before your procedure.
  • Social distancing—Stay safe and comfortable in our waiting rooms, where social distancing guidelines are enforced.
  • Face masks—All staff and patients need to wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one.
  • Hand hygiene—Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands to help prevent the spread of germs.
  • Family communication—When you arrive, we'll ask for the name and phone number of the person you'd like your care team to communicate with about your procedure. That person will receive updates and discharge instructions.
  • Discharge and pickup after the procedure— Rely on your care team to arrange a curbside pickup time with your loved one when you are ready to go home.
  • Follow-up care—Expect a call 24 hours after your procedure. We'll ask how you're feeling and answer any questions.

If you're coming from out of state for a procedure:

Right now, many states are in the midst of the pandemic with large numbers of infections spreading throughout their communities. Individuals coming to Connecticut from high-risk states are advised to quarantine by Governor Lamont. A list of such states can be found on the CT Department of Public Health website. Please complete the Travel Form and consider exercising the testing options listed in the governor’s executive order.

Since you may be coming from a high-risk state, we ask that for at least 10 days before leaving you exercise an abundance of caution so as not to jeopardize your trip and procedure. If you are coming to Stamford a few days before your procedure, also quarantine here for those few days beforehand to minimize the risk of coronavirus infection. Follow the guidance below during this 10 day period:

Stay Home as Much as Possible

  • Avoid anyone with respiratory symptoms who might have COVID-19.
  • Avoid public places as much as possible.
  • Set expectations with friends and relatives who may want to visit you before you leave for Stamford. Make sure they have been following public health guidelines for social distancing, mask wearing and hand hygiene in the 14 days prior to your leaving.

Wear a Face Covering

  • Wear a cloth face covering or surgical mask at all times when indoors and when outdoors unless you can exercise social distancing.
  • Wash your mask frequently or discard when soiled.
  • You do not need to wear a face covering at home.

Practice Hand Hygiene

  • Wash your hands frequently, when going out and when handling potentially unclean or frequently touched surfaces (e.g. handling money, opening doors, etc).
  • Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub your hands until dry.
  • When traveling, carry hand wipes or a small bottle of alcohol-based sanitizer.

Exercise Respiratory Etiquette

  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and use your forearm or the inside of your elbow rather than your hands.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands after coughing or sneezing.

Greet People Mindfully 

  • Exchange elbow bumps or a touch-free greeting like a wave.
  • Avoid handshakes, fist bumps and high-fives. 

Maintain Your Distance 

  • Stay away from crowds, large gatherings or public places such as malls, restaurants and stores as much as possible. 
  • Try to keep at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and other people. 

Keep it Clean

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces within your home such as bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched or shared surfaces in public (sink handles, door knobs, grab bars, railings, etc.).
  • If unable to clean, wash your hands or use sanitizer after touching these surfaces. 

Consider the Following for Hotel and Food Services 

  • Speak to hotel staff beforehand about precautions they are taking.
  • Avoid sharing utensils and gathering around food. While there is no evidence that COVID-19 is spread by food, sharing and interacting around food areas, like a buffet, can pose a risk.
  • Use touchless payment options as much as possible, if available. 
  • Eat with disposable food service items including utensils and dishes.

If you arrive with a parent, spouse, or other companion, they should also follow the guidance in this letter.  Visitation is restricted.  If allowed to visit, they will be also screened on arrival, will be required to wear a mask and sanitize their hands, will be restricted to your room, and will be required to abide by all other visitor regulations in effect at the time.   If they have any symptoms, or screen positive, or have a fever, they will not be allowed to visit and we may recommend they be tested.  This is for your safety and the safety of our staff.   

If you have specific questions about the timing and necessity of your procedure, please discuss them with your physician. As always, thank you for entrusting Stamford Health with your care. 

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