Children having anesthesia at Children’s Mercy for either a surgery or procedures may be required to have COVID-19 PCR testing prior to anesthesia.
If your child requires testing for their surgery or procedure, a nurse from the surgery or radiology department will contact you to arrange this. Requirements for testing are based upon current infection rates in the community and are updated frequently for the safety of our patients, families and health care team members.
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Children's Mercy only accepts documented PCR COVID-19 test results. Home testing results are not accepted.
If the COVID-19 test was performed somewhere other than Children's Mercy, you must provide a document of proof of the results by 5 p.m. the business day before surgery (Monday surgeries need proof of results by 5 p.m. the Friday before).
If we do not have PCR COVID-19 test results the business day before the procedure, the procedure will likely be cancelled.