These days, in addition to the regular steps in your surgery workflow, you also have to manage COVID related tests. Keep in mind that most surgical centers will ask for both a surgeon and patient COVID test results.
As a general practice, you should have a list of COVID testing centers that each one of your surgical partners approves of.
A COVID test result will be valid for a maximum of 5 days. In some cases, you will only get 72 hours validity. Hence, you should plan on having your patient take the test 3 days (max) before the surgery date.
In most cases, surgeons are fast tracked at most of these COVID testing centers. You should advise your surgeon accordingly (even if they are aware of the same).
Most COVID testing centers fax the results back to the surgical centers.
This is where things go into a bit of a blackhole for you.
It is in your best interest to ensure that the results are faxed to you as well.
Remind the surgery patient about the COVID test. Ask the patient if they have any barriers in getting tested (e.g transportation).
Follow up with the center to obtain the fax – mostly because this puts you more in control of the surgery appointment.
You need to ensure that you have all the necessary paperwork so your surgeon can perform the surgery during the block time they are allocated.
Do everything you can, to ensure that and your surgery booking should be good to go!