The Manhattan Surgical Hospital wants to assure the communities we serve that we are taking a multifaceted approach to assure the safety of those entrusted in our care. We are working closely with local healthcare agencies and follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
What is COVID-19:
COVID-19 is a virus that emerged from Wuhan, China in December 2019. Diagnosis can be difficult by physical exam because mild cases may appear similar to the flu or a bad cold. A laboratory test can confirm the diagnosis.
How is it spread:
It is spread from person to person through droplets in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
What are the symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Many individuals do not show symptoms or symptoms are mild enough that the individual may not suspect COVID-19.
How to protect yourself:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Maintain social distancing from other people (at least 6 feet).
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
- Wear masks in public settings and when around people outside of your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
What should you do if you think you have COVID-19:
- Call your primary care physician for guidance. Do not go directly to clinic or hospital.
What is the Manhattan Surgical Hospital doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Each surgical patient is tested for COVID-19 prior to their surgical procedure.
- Screening for all patients and visitors entering the building. Includes COVID screening questions and temperature check.
- All patients and visitors are required to wear a mask.
- Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing schedule.
- Waiting room areas support social distancing.
- One visitor per patient during our visiting hours from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. for INPATIENTS only. This one visitor designated by the patient will be the only visitor allowed entrance into the building throughout the patient stay.
- Visitors must be 18 years or older.
There are some exceptions to this policy:
- Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (where caregiver provides safety) may have 1 visitor, must be parent or legal guardian.
- Minors under the age of 18 may have 1 visitor, must be parent or legal guardian.
Upon registration, staff will obtain visitor phone number and instruct them to return to their car. Once surgery is complete, surgeon will contact family and provide surgical consultation.
Read more about our changes to visiting hours here.
Although you may not be able to be with your loved one in-person, it's important to stay in-touch. Fortunately, there are many cell phone apps available to keep you virtually present. Download and install one of these from the App Store for iPhone or the Play Store for Android.
We appreciate that our patients and their families are patient and flexible during this difficult time.
How to Protect Yourself and Others:
Help Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19:
Stop the Spread of Germs:
Read A letter from Manhattan physicians to the community here.