Q&A: Testing for COVID-19

Panelists from our latest webinar answer the questions you asked related to testing when you reopen the private practice.

This is part 2 of a 2-part series.

PART 1: Q&A: Reopening Safely

Testing is a key measure of safety for physicians reopening their doors during the coronavirus pandemic. In our webinar, “Best Practices for Reopening the Private Practice Amidst COVID-19,” we fielded more than 90 questions from our audience. Those questions about testing that we did not answer live are answered by our panelists here.

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Q: Should our office staff be tested — antibody or PCR?

Jason Pozner, M.D., Plastic Surgeon, Boca Raton, Fla.: “We did antibody testing on everyone.”

Q: Is it useful to test surgical patients for COVID-19 immediately prior to surgery? (eg, with an IgG/IgM finger stick blood test)

Dr. Pozner: “I think the antibody test is pretty worthless for surgical patients unless IgG positive. we are testing via PCR for GA or IV sedation patients.”

Q: Can you explain how an IgG/IgM test would influence your decision to treat or not?

Dr. Pozner: “If IgG positive, it means they had it a while ago and most likely are immune. IgM I’m not sure at this point.”

Q: How to handle positive COVID tests and implications of positive various types of preop tests?

Dr. Pozner: “If positive - delay and retest in few weeks.