Presurgical COVID-19 Testing
We require COVID-19 testing for all patients awaiting surgical procedures. Testing allows us to move forward after we have confidently ruled out COVID-19.
Care teams will need test results for review 24 hours ahead of a scheduled procedure. To ensure that process is completed, patients will need to be tested within 72 hours prior to a scheduled surgery or procedure.
Our presurgical testing team will order the test. At this time, we ask that providers and clinics refrain from placing the order locally, and instead rely on the presurgical testing team to order the test. The attending provider will need to sign off on this order.
Although we prefer that patients are tested at UT Southwestern, we will also accept results from a UTSW-approved local health department testing facility.
It’s possible that a patient’s procedure could be canceled based on results, but decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and will take into account the patient’s individualized plan of care.