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June 17, 2020

Arkansas Surgical Hospital Takes Actions to Prepare for Coronavirus


June 17, 2020 – Patient safety is, and always has been, of utmost importance at our hospital. Chairman of the Board and orthopedic surgeon Scott Bowen talks about the steps Arkansas Surgical Hospital is taking to continue putting patients’ safety first.

April 22, 2020 – To continue doing all we can to protect our patients, staff, and community from the spread of COVID-19, we are now asking that all patients and guests please wear a cloth face covering or mask when entering #OurHospital. Due to the limited supply of personal protective equipment, we are unable to provide masks, therefore; we ask that you arrive with either a mask or a cloth face covering as recommended by the CDC. A cloth face covering would include any cloth that covers both your nose and mouth such as a scarf or bandana.

We appreciate your efforts in helping us flatten the curve!

April 14, 2020 – A message from Brian Fowler, CEO of ASH speaking on behalf of the hospital on how we are meeting the healthcare needs of our patients and community.

April 5, 2020 – The physicians at Arkansas Surgical Hospital have been carefully evaluating each patient’s case to determine if their scheduled procedures can be safely postponed. Elective surgeries—procedures that can be postponed without causing harm to the patient—have been rescheduled or cancelled, while urgent surgeries are continuing.

“Urgent procedures are time-sensitive and can cause additional risk to the patient if delayed,” explained Brian Fowler, CEO of Arkansas Surgical Hospital. “These risks can include patient deficits, opioid addiction from continued use of medication to reduce pain, and emergency room visits during the COVID crisis. Our goal is to meet the needs of our community while addressing safety and care.”

The physicians at Arkansas Surgical Hospital use their clinical judgment and recommendations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Arkansas Department of Health to determine whether to postpone or to continue with a procedure. The risk factors they must consider include intractable pain control issues, the possibility of permanent impairment with a lack of timely treatment, and the risk of injury from falling.

By treating patients who are at risk of falling, developing blood clots, or undergoing nerve damage, the hospital hopes to prevent injuries that would otherwise mean a trip to the emergency room.

“Reducing the number of visits to the ER prevents unnecessary exposure to COVID-19, reduces the load on overworked ER and ICU staff, and limits the use of essential emergency resources,” said Fowler. “We are adhering to recommendations and have reached out to the Arkansas Department of Health to ensure that we are doing everything possible to protect our patients during this time.”

Arkansas Surgical Hospital is committed to a disciplined focus on safety and the care and comfort of our patients.

March 13, 2020 – 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.

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