Preparing for Safe Surgery

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At Baptist Health, we are committed to your safety. Testing and self-isolation is required prior to adult inpatient surgeries/procedures — even if you have no symptoms or reason to believe that you may be COVID-positive. COVID-19 testing prior to adult outpatient surgeries/procedures is no longer required (except total joint replacement procedures).

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COVID-19 Testing & Safety Procedures

Adult patients scheduled for an inpatient surgery/procedure must complete a COVID-19 test 4 days prior to their scheduled procedure.

  1. A physician order is required to perform a COVID-19 test
  2. After completing the COVID-19 screening, patients should self-isolate until the day of their surgery or procedure to prevent exposure
  3. Positive results will be called to the ordering physician, and the surgery or procedure will be canceled
  4. Visitors must follow our visitation policies (which includes limiting the number and ages of visitors)
  5. All patients and visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering in accordance with CDC recommendations and Baptist Health’s masking policy

Pre-Procedure Testing Locations & Info

Inpatient Procedures (overnight stay)
Baptist Health is committed to safety. That’s why patients who are having an inpatient surgery or procedure are required to be tested for COVID-19 four days prior. This includes those who are vaccinated and have no symptoms or reason to believe they may be COVID-positive.

Testing Locations, Hours & Parking Info

Outpatient Procedures (NO overnight stay)
Patients having an outpatient surgery/procedure on or after Friday, March 25 are NOT required to have a COVID-19 test before it.

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Self-Isolation Before Surgery

After testing, it is critical that you be prepared to self-isolate for up to 4 days (estimated time from test date until date results are received) to prevent exposure to COVID-19 prior to surgery.

For your safety, you must follow these best practices for self-isolation prior to your scheduled surgery.


  1. Stay home and limit movement outside of your home; those who live with you need to do the same
  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water
  3. Wear a cloth face covering when around others in your home
  4. Get rest
  5. Stay hydrated
  6. Monitor for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms, including cough and shortness of breath. Notify your doctor if you notice any changes in your health.
  7. Follow care instructions from your health care provider
  8. Avoid sharing personal household items including dishes, cups, towels and bedding
  9. Disinfect all frequently touched surfaces often (doorknobs, refrigerator door, cell phone, etc.)
  10. Use phone or virtual visits to stay in touch with family and friends
  11. Order groceries or needed items online and have them delivered to your home
  12. If you go for a walk or exercise outside, remain at least 6 feet away from others or wear a face covering if there is a chance you may be in an area where it is difficult to maintain distance.

Do Not:

✘ Visit the grocery store or run errands

✘ Visit in-person with family and friends

Baptist Health Safety Measures