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surgery at Dayton Children's during COVID-19

my child had a surgery/procedure postponed. When will it be rescheduled?

As you heard in Governor DeWine’s news conference on 4/27, hospitals are now allowed to perform surgeries that do not require an overnight stay. We know that many of you had appointments and surgeries postponed during this time and are anxious to get them rescheduled. We are diligently working to prioritize and reschedule these surgeries.  

If you had a surgery postponed, you can expect to hear from our team soon to reschedule and to learn what to expect while at the hospital, especially those additional safety measures we have in place. Thank you for your patience – we miss you and can’t wait to see you again!

is it safe to have surgery or a procedure done during the COVID-19 pandemic? 

Yes, it is safe to have surgery. Dayton Children’s has always cared for children with infectious diseases and has steps in place to contain those illnesses. In addition, we have taken safety above and beyond during this time by providing masks for everyone, restricting visitors, ramping up sanitizing procedures, making social distancing easy and increasing video visits. 

is Dayton Children's testing for COVID-19 before surgery and procedures? 

Yes. Dayton Children's is testing all patients for COVID-19 prior to surgeries and procedures requiring anesthesia. 

Your child will need a COVID-19 test one to two days before surgery or a procedure requiring anesthesia. This is to ensure optimal health for the surgery, recovery and healing – as well as for the safety of our staff, so they can continue to care for other children. The patient will not be responsible for any cost associated with the test. 

Test details:

· 8:00 am to 4:00 pm every day

· Child Health Pavilion, 1010 Valley Street, Dayton

· Pull to the marked space near the building and call the number on sign

· Lab staff will come to the car to collect the test sample

The test is done with a swab from inside your child’s nose. It is pretty quick, but it can be uncomfortable.

We will call with the results of the test by 10:00 pm the night before your child’s surgery.

why does my child have to have a COVID-19 test? 

Your family’s safety is our top priority. We want to make sure that your child is healthy before the procedure to ensure the best outcome. Illness can impact the recovery process, so we don’t want to take any chances with your child’s safety. It also helps keep our staff safe so they can continue to care for children. 

what happens if the test is positive? 

If the test is positive, we will call you with those results the night before the scheduled surgery. We will provide next steps, which will include postponing the surgery and following up with your primary care doctor. If you do not have a primary care doctor, we can discuss other options at that time.

what should I expect for the day of surgery?

  • If you’ve visited us before, this trip may look a little different. On the day of your child’s surgery, two adult caregivers should come along – please also leave all other children at home. By limiting the number of people in the hospital, we are able to keep everyone safer.  
  • When you arrive, a Dayton Children’s caregiver at the front door will take you and your child’s temperature, ask about any symptoms of COVID-19 and provide a mask to wear. Every employee at Dayton Children’s also wears a mask. If you or your child have a temperature unrelated to the reason for surgery, we will need to reschedule the surgery for safety.
  • We have also made social distancing easy – just look for the stickers on the floor that help maintain six feet between people. All waiting rooms have been reconfigured to maintain appropriate distancing.

  • During your child’s surgery we will ask you to wait in your pre-op room. The surgeon will meet you here after the surgery for an update.

will the surgery team also be tested for COVID-19? 

The surgery team is screened every day for temperature and signs of illness. They also practice rigorous infection control procedures and wear the proper protective equipment when caring for your child, to minimize risk of infection from all illnesses, not just COVID-19. 

what if I can no longer afford this surgery?

For the period beginning April 2020, Dayton Children’s may qualify patients for a COVID-19 financial relief discount (30%) on outstanding patient balances.  To be eligible for this discount you must apply for financial assistance through the normal process as outlined in our financial assistance policy.  Completion of this application process will qualify the patient/family, at that point, for a discount on outstanding balances.  This discount will be in effect at the discretion of Dayton Children’s Hospital for a time period related to the COVID-19 impact on the Dayton area community.

Complete the form online or call Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at 937-641-3555 or toll-free at 1-800-228-4594 (Ohio only).

questions about coronavirus

If you have additional questions about the coronavirus please call your clinic directly, or call our COVID-19 parent hotline at 1-888-746-KIDS (5437) from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm.