Pre-surgical Instructions - COVID-19

As more is learned about COVID-19, guidelines will change. EASC follows these regulations to keep its patients and employees healthy and safe.

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Thank you for trusting Effingham Ambulatory Surgery Center (EASC) with your care. Your health and safety are most important to us. EASC strictly follows the recommendations from the CDC and guidelines established by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to help ensure your safety as the surgical staff begins performing surgeries again.

Before Your Surgery

  • A pre-op nurse will contact you one week prior to surgery, and three days prior to surgery to screen you verbally.
  • You must have a Covid-19 test done within 72 hours (three days) of your scheduled surgery and then self-quarantine after being tested until the day of surgery. This test will be completed at the SBL Evergreen Clinic located at 1104 W. Evergreen Ave, Effingham. Please see the map on the back side for directions.) The test will be performed in the garage on the northwest end of the building while staying in your car. The Sarah Bush Lincoln Lab staff will call you to arrange an appointment. Please do not call the Lab. Appointment times are 8 to 9 am on Mondays and 1 to 3 pm on Monday through Friday. Self-quarantine means you do not leave your home or have guests visit you.
  • Your temperature will be taken upon arrival to EASC on the day of your surgery. Your temperature
    must be less than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit without use
    of fever-reducing medications.
  • You must have a history and physical (H&P) performed by your primary care doctor.
  • One responsible adult driver is required to take an adult surgery patient home following the procedure. The driver may be asked to stay in his or her vehicle. The surgeon will call the driver following the surgery to provide an update. Please provide a cell phone number to the staff upon check-in. If a support person is required, he or she will be screened and asked to wear a mask and to use social distancing in the waiting area.
  • Pediatric patients require one guardian/parent to be with them on the day of surgery.
  • Any other visitors are restricted from entering the surgery center unless requested by personnel, but are welcome to wait in a personal vehicle in the EASC parking lot.
  • Is there a chance my surgery could be cancelled?

    Yes. Initially, IDPH cancelled elective surgeries to help ensure there were enough hospital beds and personal protective equipment available for a surge of COVID-19.
    IDPH could suspend surgeries again if the following happens:

    – Rapid resurgence or a second wave of COVID-19
    – Decrease in statewide COVID-19 testing supplies
    – Not enough hospital medical/surgical/ICU beds available
    – Not enough ventilators available
    – Not enough PPE available

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    We are an affiliate of United Surgical Partners International, partnered with local physicians, and accredited by Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. We are fully licensed by the state of Illinois and are Medicare certified.

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