Important Message From Kansas Orthopaedic Institute Regarding COVID-19

The Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute and our orthopaedic physician clinics are taking precautions to protect our patients, families, providers and visitors as we continue to deliver care during this health emergency.  As part of the Saint Luke’s Health System, we are modeling our precautions and procedures from Saint Luke’s.  The new knowledge and changes are being constantly reviewed, and our policies will be updated as needed.

All persons entering our facility will be required to wear a mask/face covering.  This is to protect all patients and employees at KCOI.  We appreciate your cooperation. 

All people entering the KCOI facility will have their temperature screened and will be asked questions regarding health symptoms and travel.

These questions will include:

  • Do you have the following symptoms
    • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
    • New loss of smell/taste
    • Cough (within the last 14 days)
    • Shortness of breath
    • Diarrhea
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Chills
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Body aches
  • Within the last 14 days have you:
    • If you have traveled outside of the KC Metro you will not be permitted to enter if you have visited the quarantine states listed on the KDHE Website?
    • Traveled internationally, arrived home from a cruise ship on/after 3/15/2020?
    • Have visited or been a patient of a retirement facility, long term care facility, nursing home, assisted living facility (ALF), skilled nursing facility (SNF) or rehabilitation center in the past 14 days?
    • Are you an employee of a retirement facility, long term care facility, nursing home, or rehab center and visited them in the past 14 days?
    • Have you visited or live in a correctional/detention facility?
  • Within the last 14 days have you had contact with anyone who:
    • Has been quarantined
    • Has been placed on home or self-monitoring, or
    • Has become ill with a fever, cough or difficulty breathing?
    • Has a cough and a fever of 100 degrees or higher?

If you have answer ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, please call your primary care physician and your orthopedic surgeon’s office located at KCOI to get more detailed instructions 913-319-7633.

Effective Wednesday, 3/18, KCOI will be instituting a NO VISITORS policy across all entities.

Guidelines for Hospital and Clinic Visitors

  • No visitors or companions in all physician clinics (see exceptions below)
  • No visitors in hospital, includes all hospital services (see exceptions below)
  • Companions and visitors may wait in their cars or at home.
  • Registration will ask patient for a good phone number
  • Physicians and nurses will call with reports and when ready for discharge.
  • Exceptions may be made for legal or special need, using professional judgment, such as:
    • Minors (one parent/guardian)
    • Companion needed due to:
      • Cognitive needs
      • Communicative needs
      • Undergoing procedure with conscious sedation
      • Mobility issues
      • Adult guardianship

The Ortho Urgent Care at KCOI will remain open at this time as a community service to give patients an additional option to a traditional hospital emergency department.

Credible COVID-19 Information Sources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kansas Department of Health and Environment 

Kansas City, Missouri Health Department 

Saint Luke’s Kansas City COVID-19 What You Need To Know

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At KCOI the health of our patients and staff is paramount.

Designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, you will be asked to follow these guidelines when visiting our hospitals and clinics:

Sanitize Hands
Mask Requirement
Symptom Check
11/15/22: PLEASE NOTE THAT MASKS ARE STILL REQUIRED FOR ALL STAFF, PATIENTS & VISITORS IN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES. Please exchange any cloth masks, gaiters, bandanas, masks with valves or vents, face shields or sheer/mesh masks with a hospital grade mask.  These are available at each entrance.  Thank you for your compliance. 
KCOI Hospital and Physical/Occupational Therapy Visitor Policy:

Physician Clinics and Hospital Outpatient Departments and Physical/Occupational Therapy Locations – One person (and a healthcare associate if indicated) may accompany the patient to the clinic.

Hospital Surgery Patients – One person may accompany the patient to the Pre-Operative area on admission and until they are taken back to the Surgery suite. The family or companion will then be escorted to the surgery waiting area.

  • Outpatient Surgery Patients – The family or companion will be notified to return to Post-Operative area to receive outpatient discharge instructions just prior to patient discharge.
  • Inpatient Surgery Patients – The family or companion will be notified when they may visit with Patient in the Inpatient Unit after recovery. Visitors to the Inpatient Unit are not restricted unless medically indicated.

Hospital Surgery Waiting Room – The hospital waiting room on the second floor has been reopened and due to space we ask that one visitor per patient may remain in the waiting room while the patient is in ISS, surgery or recovery.

Exceptions may be made for legal or special need such as:  Accompanying a minor (one parent/guardian), Assisting patients with cognitive or communication needs, Wheelchair assistance, Work comp Nurses.

Please note the above policies are subject to change pending public health recommendations.