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Thank you for choosing Ochsner Lafayette General for your upcoming procedure. Safety is our #1 priority, and we want you to know that it is safe to return to our facilities. We are implementing measures to keep you, our employees and visitors safe and appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have any questions, please call your doctor’s office.

Keeping You Safe
We care about your safety and want to assure you that we take every reasonable precaution to protect you at our facilities.
•    We have safety protocols in place for the screening and isolation of any COVID-19 positive patient.
•    Covid-19 positive patients are treated in cohort units that remain separate from post-surgical care.
•    We continue to limit access to our facilities in order to reduce the risk of infection.
•    We have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of public and patient care areas.
•    Our teams are well-trained in donning and doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We also have an adequate supply of PPE.
•    A mask is required to be worn in all public and patient care areas.
•    Lobby and waiting areas have been reconfigured to support social distancing. 

What type of surgeries are currently being allowed? 
As the number of Covid-19 cases change in the community, we are evaluating all surgical cases on a day-by-day basis.  We will evaluate all surgical requests and decisions will be based on medical acuity, patient risk and the time-sensitive nature of the surgical cases as provided by your surgeon.

What should I do if I had a scheduled surgery postponed after March 21st? 
Contact your surgeon’s office to inquire about the status of your procedure.

Which locations will be performing surgery? 
All Ochsner Lafayette General surgical facilities will be operational on 5/4/2020, including Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center, Ochsner Lafayette General Orthopaedic Hospital, Ochsner Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, Oil Center Surgical Plaza, Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics, Ochsner Acadia General Hospital and Ochsner Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital. Surgeries will begin throughout the week of May 4. If you are scheduled for surgery at one of our locations, please familiarize yourself with our surgery instructions and self-quarantine checklist

Prior to Surgery
Some surgeries require that you have a negative COVID-19 test prior to your surgery.
• Your doctor will order the test if it is needed.
• An Ochsner Lafayette General pre-admit representative will instruct you of all appointment times and necessary testing.

It is important that you are protected from any possible exposure to COVID-19 before surgery.
• Quarantine yourself and your accompanying visitor prior to your scheduled procedure.
• Perform good handwashing and avoid any person who is ill or is not quarantined.

Day of Surgery
Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding preparation for surgery.
• Use the main entrance of the hospital and arrive at your scheduled time.
• You will be screened for symptoms when you arrive.
• Patients and visitors are encouraged to bring their own mask or face covering, such as a handkerchief or scarf. A mask is required to be worn at all times.

Visitors
•    Visitation is limited to one person per patient for the duration of the procedure and to speak to the doctor after the procedure. 
•    Patient must have the same visitor at all times. No swapping visitors throughout the day. 
•    The visitors must be 18 years old or older and an immediate family member (spouse, parent or adult child).
•    Families are encouraged to use alternate means of communication, such as phones located in patient rooms or smartphone applications (i.e., Facetime, Skype, Google Duo).

We continue to monitor the risk of COVID-19 closely and will adjust visitor restrictions as necessary. We appreciate your help in keeping our patients and employees safe.