Pen Bay Medical Center offers the following information for patients preparing for surgery.
AT YOUR DOCTOR'S OFFICE
All patients undergoing surgery will have a pre-admission assessment with a Registered Nurse. This will be performed either in-person or by phone 1-2 weeks before your surgery date. If an office appointment is necessary, the Pre-Admission Testing department will call you to schedule it.
Please have the following information available for your interview with the Pre-Admission nurse:
A list of your current medications, dosages, and frequencies
Your past medical history including surgeries
Results of any special testing, i.e. stress test, echocardiogram, pulmonary function testing, sleep study
BEFORE SURGERY DAY
- You may be contacted by a Patient Registration clerk (Pre-Registration) to update your insurance and demographic information.
- You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital, and to be with you at home overnight after surgery.
ADMISSION DAY DO’S & DON’TS
Bring a friend or family member with you, if you wish
Come directly to the Day Surgery Unit (no need to register first)
Bring hearing aides, eyeglasses and a glasses case
Make arrangements for a ride home after your surgery and have help at home
Eat or drink anything past midnight the night before surgery (except small sips of water to swallow medicines if you have been specifically instructed to take them)
Wear makeup or jewelry
Bring valuables to the hospital
Smoke the morning of surgery
IN THE OPERATING ROOM
Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will greet you before you receive medication. All procedures will be explained to you.
Once you are on the OR table:
You will have a warm blanket
You will always have someone at your side.
For safety, your identification will be verified throughout your stay.
IN THE POST-ANESTHESIA UNIT
Your nurse will give you medication to make you more comfortable. Your vital signs will be monitored frequently. After your recovery period, you will be transferred to the Day Surgery Unit or to your hospital room to complete your recovery.
FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Your support is a vital part of your loved one’s recovery. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to improve the visit for you or the patient. A few things to consider:
The surgeon will contact you after the surgery to inform you of your loved one’s condition. Please let the nurse know where you will be or leave a phone number where you can be reached.
For More Information: Download our Pre-Admission Testing brochure.
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