Screening pediatric surgical patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

Rami P. Dibbs, Andrew M. Ferry, Steven C. Mehl, Susannah M. Ferguson, James Versalovic, James J. Dunn, Joyce Enochs, Laura A. Monson, Larry H. Hollier

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ABSTRACT: SARS-CoV-2 has profoundly affected the way healthcare is delivered and has created significant strain on medical facilities globally. As a result, hospitals have had to continuously adapt in order to provide optimal patient care while minimizing the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, particularly in the surgical setting. Texas Children's Hospital developed a set of protocols for surgical screening and clearance of patients in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. These screening protocols were designed to mitigate the risk of exposing patients and healthcare providers to SARS-CoV-2 and have evolved significantly as a result of the emerging changes in medicine, technology, and governmental regulations. In this article, we share the reasoning behind the development, implementation, and successive modification of our institutional screening protocols.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-48
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2021

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  • Nurse Assisting


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