Patients and visitors to Englewood Health can feel reassured that hospital staff take every step to ensure their safety, particularly in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Englewood Health has instituted many procedural changes since the onset of the pandemic.
Among these changes is the elimination of the waiting room; now, patients are checked in electronically and wait in their car until they receive a text noting when they can proceed to their appointment. Patients, with the exception of pediatric patients, are asked not to bring others into the examination room.
Plexiglass guards have been installed in offices to mitigate possible airborne spread. The room-cleaning policy after each patient encounter has been optimized, and all operative patients are required to be screened for COVID-19 prior to surgery.
As operations transition to this new normal in hospitals across the country, patients receiving orthopedic treatment are not only benefiting from state-of-the-art surgical techniques and advanced medical equipment, but also careful pandemic precautions. Postoperatively, patients receive follow-up care via telehealth, whenever possible.
As one orthopedist noted for patients who are anxious about health care visits, “At this point, you’re doing yourself much more harm by not getting your problem fixed if you’re living in pain.”
Posted March 11, 2021