August 13, 2020
Dr. Lazaro Cardenas is currently performing surgery on a normal schedule at Innovãre Hospital. A special COVID-19 protocol is in place to help protect patients and hospital staff alike. This protocol is outlined below and is in effect until further notice.
As part our COVID-19 protocol, patients must take a diagnostic test for the virus in their home communities 3-5 days before the date of surgery. This PCR test for COVID-19 involves the use of a nasal or throat swab. Results from the test must be received by the close of business the day before the surgery date. It’s important to note that Innovãre Hospital will not accept the results from any test taken more than five days before the date of surgery. This will present a problem for patients who live in areas where laboratories and testing sites are not able to provide the test results within five days. Patients with this issue should plan on arriving in Guadalajara three days before surgery so that the COVID-19 PCR test can be performed and the results received just prior to surgery. In addition to the required PCR testing, an instant COVID-19 antibody test is currently being administered to all patients the day before surgery.
Innovãre Hospital is currently requiring that all patients, guests, and hospital staff wear masks at all times when inside the facility. Temperature checks are also being administered upon arrival. We are confident that these and other measures will help us maintain optimum patient safety while COVID-19 continues to be a worldwide concern.