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New safety measures in place as Spokane Shriners Hospital opens back up for elective surgeries

New safety measures in place as Spokane Shriners Hospital opens back up for elective surgeries

This week, Governor Jay Inslee announced the state's plan for all elective procedures to resume, Proclamation 20.24.1. The Proclamation provides updated direction on expansion of non-urgent medical and dental procedures, and is the latest in a progression of Proclamations and Interpretive Statements that direct levels of clinical care that may be provided during the COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency. The Proclamation is intended to be in place for the duration of the emergency, or until it is amended or rescinded, whichever occurs first.

As of March 19, the Spokane Shriners Hospital has resumed elective surgeries with new safety measures in place. Moving forward, each patient will be tested for COVID-19 prior to surgery. If a test comes back positive, the surgery will be rescheduled to a later date.

Other facility safety measures are now in place, including:

Wellness screenings are taking place at the front desk when staff, patients and families arrive. All people are screened upon arrival at the front desk for:

  • Fever
  • COVID-19 symptoms
  • Epidemiologic risks

In order to reduce the amount of people in the hospital at one time, we are asking our families to follow these new visiting guidelines:

  • ONE parent to ONE patient only
  • No non-patient minors allowed at this time
  • No visitors

Universal masking in our hospital is now mandatory. All staff, patients and families will wear a mask, regardless of symptoms, upon arrival. If anyone arrives without a mask, masks are provided.

Spokane Shriners Hospital staff created an educational video to demonstrate what is being done to help keep our patients, families and staff healthy. Watch the video below to learn more.