Children having anesthesia at Children’s Mercy for either surgery or other procedures are required to have COVID-19 PCR testing within 48 to 72 hours prior to anesthesia.
Patients who are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated will not require pre-procedure testing (excludes patients who are immunosuppressed). Fully vaccinated is defined as 2 weeks following the last recommended dose by the manufacture. Vaccine validation with visualization of the card is required. Please bring your child’s COVID-19 vaccination card on the day of surgery.
A nurse from the surgery or radiology department will contact you to arrange testing at a Children's Mercy location.
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We strongly encourage families to use a Children’s Mercy location because we have less than 48-hour turnaround time and immediate record of test results.
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.