NORTH LITTLE ROCK – In the wake of presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in the state, Arkansas Surgical Hospital’s physicians and leadership team have developed a strategy to maintain the health and safety of its patients, visitors, and staff.
“Our Infection Preventionist has developed an algorithm for how to handle a patient that potentially screens positive, and our staff has been educated accordingly,” CEO Brian Fowler wrote in a letter to medical staff. “She is checking daily with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arkansas Department of Health for updates on how to prepare for and manage COVID-19 effectively.”
In the new screening process, everyone entering the hospital will have their temperature taken and will be asked a short series of questions developed by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). They will then receive a visitor badge alerting staff that they have been screened. Guests will be limited to two per patient, and no one under the age of 15 will be permitted to enter the facility.
“The safety of our patients, visitors, and staff is of utmost importance to us, and we will continue to monitor our actions based on recommendations from the ADH,” said Fowler. “We will also continue to be vigilant with our current infection control practices that maintain our low infection rate year-round.”
About Arkansas Surgical Hospital: Arkansas Surgical Hospital is a leader in orthopedic and spine surgery located in North Little Rock. Because the hospital’s owners are surgeons, there is a disciplined focus on safety and a total commitment to the care and comfort of patients and their families, resulting in excellent surgical outcomes.