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Children’s Minnesota takes extra steps to provide safe care

As families continue to worry about COVID-19 and make decisions to keep their kids safe, Children’s Minnesota remains a safe place for kids to get the care they need—from routine well-child check-ups to emergency care to surgeries. Safety has always been our priority, but we are taking many extra steps to ensure families can feel confident and comfortable when bringing their children to Children’s Minnesota.

Routine care

We urge you not to wait to get routine care, like well-child check-ups and immunizations. These are critical to keeping your kids healthy and on track with all of their developmental milestones. While our primary care clinics are open for in-person visits, Children’s Minnesota is also offering alternative options for care.

Virtual care

You can schedule virtual care visits for many types of appointments. During these visits, patients and health care providers can see, hear and talk to each other just like in an in-person visit. “Telebuddies” may also be used to let care teams visit with hospital patients remotely.

Drive-up vaccines

It’s essential for kids to stay up-to-date on all vaccinations to prevent illnesses like the measles. Children’s Minnesota Drive-Up Care is available to children older than 2-years-old who are due for critical immunizations.

Surgery safety

During the COVID 19 pandemic, we are taking extra safety steps.  We’ll help you determine the best timing for your child’s surgery. Here is what you can expect as you prepare for surgery:

  • Each team member—from anesthesiologists to nurses to surgeons to child life specialists—is trained specifically in the care of kids and their families.
  • All children scheduled for surgery will receive a COVID-19 test to ensure they are healthy enough for surgery.
  • A nurse will call your family for a wellness screening one day before surgery.
  • Two healthy parents or guardians may come with the child on the day of surgery.
  • Wear your mask. The Welcome Center will give you a mask if you do not bring one with you.
  • You will first check in at the Welcome Center before going to the surgery center.
  • All patient families will be 6 feet apart in the surgery center lobby while awaiting check in.
  • You will be brought to your room as soon as possible after checking in with the surgery center front desk.

Additional precautions at Children’s Minnesota

Children’s Minnesota continues to take steps to ensure you and your family stay safe any time you are at one of our hospitals or clinics. Here are some of the steps we are taking to keep everything clean and safe.

Wellness screenings

Everyone at Children’s Minnesota must pass a wellness screening at the Welcome Center. This includes a temperature screening and checking for other symptoms of illness.

Masks

Everyone older than age 2 must wear a mask at any Children’s Minnesota location. If you do not have access to a mask, one will be provided to you at the Welcome Center when you check in.

Cleaning

We are implementing enhanced sanitization including surface cleaning, air circulation and filtration, and UV light disinfection.

Separate sick- and well-visit times

Our clinics have separate hours and areas for well-child check-ups and sick visits. Wellness screenings will be performed before entering the clinic.

Children’s Minnesota staff members

Our staff is following best practices for personal protective equipment—meaning all staff wear masks and patient-facing staff wear face shields. Staff also screen themselves for symptoms, including checking their temperature, before coming to work and when they arrive at work.

Learn more about COVID-19 and what Children’s Minnesota is doing to keep our patients, their families and our staff safe: childrensmn.org/covid19.