Return to Rounding and OR Guidelines for Pediatricians and Dentists
Return to Rounding and OR Guidelines for Pediatricians and Dentists
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Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt - News for Physicians

Rounding Guidelines for Community Faculty – Newborn Nursery and Inpatient Service and Dental OR Cases

Starting May 1, 2020, VUMC expanded COVID-19 safety procedures to include required universal masking at VUMC.

  • Universal masking is defined as: All workforce members, patients and visitors will be required to wear a cloth/fabric face mask or procedural/surgical mask while in all VUMC clinical care and public space settings.
  • Clinical care settings are defined as Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital (including round wing), Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital, Vanderbilt Behavioral Health and all campus and regional ambulatory sites (ex. The Vanderbilt Clinic, Doctors’ Office Tower, One Hundred Oaks etc.).
  • Public settings are defined as cafeteria/food courts, elevators, waiting rooms, hallways and plazas in and around the clinical care settings.
  • Patients and visitors should be reminded to bring and wear their own cloth/fabric masks. In cases where a patient or visitor does not have a mask, an area should provide a one-time mask for the individual.
  • Workforce members are required to obtain and wear a cloth/fabric mask in all settings defined above, including when walking through or to and from those locations. 
  • While cloth masking is the preferred mask for all public areas, workforce members should wear a surgical mask for treatment of COVID-19 patient as outlined in the universal masking guidance document.

Beginning Monday, May 11, 2020, community faculty may resume rounding in the Newborn Nursery and Inpatient floors.

  • During this phase, practices will be limited to one attending physician rounding in the hospital each day from each practice. This includes rounding in the Newborn Nursery. 
  • Universal masking is required for everyone in all VUMC facilities. You are encouraged to wear your own cloth mask. If you do not have a mask, a one-time mask will be provided to you (universal masking information above). 
  • Community faculty will be required to adhere to COVID-19 screening upon entering the facilities. This includes temperature and symptom screening. 
  • After screening, you will receive a sticker indicating you have been screened with the specific day of the week and calendar date. You must wear this screening sticker the entire time you are in a VUMC facility. If you are observed without a screening sticker, you will be asked to return to the screening stations for screening. 

Beginning Monday, May 18, 2020, community dental faculty cases will resume as appropriate and per OR guidelines.

  • Universal masking will apply (information above).
  • Dentists and dental assistants will complete COVID-19 daily screening upon entering the facilities.
  • After screening, you will receive a sticker indicating you have been screened with the specific day of the week and calendar date. You must wear this screening sticker the entire time you are in a VUMC facility. If you are observed without a screening sticker, you will be asked to return to the screening stations for screening. 
  • Dentists are limited to one dental assistant per day. 
  • Patients will be required to complete asymptomatic COVID-19 screening prior to any case requiring anesthesia. 
The scheduling dental office will communicate with the family the need for testing with the testing timeline, and direct the family to sites for testing when it is determined that the patient’s condition requires the OR. Alternately, the dental office can direct the patient and family to a testing site in the appropriate timeframe once they have confirmed scheduling. 
  • Testing should be completed 48-72 hours in advance of scheduled procedure. 48 hours if completed at VUMC facility (recommended); 72 hours if completed at non-VUMC facility. A list of VUMC pre-procedure testing locations can be found here.
  • Upon arrival at VUMC site for testing, notify staff that child is there for pre-procedure testing. 
  • There are walk-in sites as well as sites where an appointment is required. These testing sites are not able to collect any other pre-operative labs that may be needed. 
  • Patients choosing to get tested outside of VUMC should allow 72 hours for results and must bring evidence of the test result with them on day of surgery. Results should be communicated as soon as received by MyHealth at Vanderbilt message or phone call. 
  • Self-isolation for patient and parent are required from the time of testing until arrival for surgery. Contact with people outside the home should be avoided, patients and parents should stay home, and should wear a mask if they have to go out in public.

Each patient is limited to one parent/guardian who will be required to complete COVID-19 screening and comply with universal masking per the VUMC visitor policy for Children’s Hospital.

The PATCH team will follow up for results and ensure the patient is cleared for the day of the procedure 24-48 hours prior to the case.

Cases will be cancelled for any patient who does not complete pre-procedure testing or does not have a result available.

Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way, Nashville, TN 37232-9900

(615) 936-6025

Visit us at www.ChildrensHospital.Vanderbilt.org

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