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In the Hospital
Here's what to expect when you arrive at Beebe Healthcare for your surgery.
ARRIVING FOR SURGERY
Options for parking at the Medical Center in Lewes
- Free Valet Parking is available Monday–Friday from 6:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at the main entrance of the
- Patient parking: Enter the parking garage using the West entrance
> Park on the 2nd level and go to the doors marked Same Day Surgery
> Go up 3 steps and turn to the right for the registration area. If you cannot climb the 3 steps: Park on the 1st level of the garage, enter the hospital from the 1st floor—Main entrance
> There is an elevator across from the information desk to take you to the registration area on the second floor.
- Please have your photo ID, Insurance Cards, and Lab Envelope ready to present.
- Please report to the patient registration area on the second floor.
- After completing your registration you will be directed to the Surgical Services Waiting Room adjacent to registration.
- When you register, you will be given a card with a number for your family to identify you on the Tracking Board. The Tracking Board is a color monitor located in the waiting room. The card has specific information regarding the patient’s progress through the surgical process. (See page 9 for more details related to the Tracking Board.)
PRE-OPERATION AREA (PRE-OP)
- Each person that you meet should ask you to state your name and date of birth, what surgery you are having, and on which side of your body. Expect to be asked your name and date of birth often.
- Vital signs, labs (if indicated), blood glucose (if diabetic), urine pregnancy test (if female of child bearing age) and possible drug screen will/may be performed.
- You may be asked to use special wipes to clean your skin before surgery.
- You will be asked to change into a hospital gown, review your medications including last dose and time of each and your medical/surgical history and review or sign the surgical consent.
- An IV will be started and if ordered medications will be given. Small children usually do not receive an IV before surgery.
- Your surgeon will visit to answer any last minute questions and have your operative site marked.
- Your anesthesia provider will visit to discuss anesthesia, answer questions and sign consent.
- The nurse caring for you in the operating room will visit with you to verify patient ID, procedures, allergies, etc.
- If needed, hair in the area of your surgery will be removed with clippers. A razor will not be used. Your surgeon may mark your skin before surgery.
Make sure that your healthcare providers clean their hands before examining you. If you do not see your providers clean their hands, PLEASE ASK THEM TO DO SO!
Visitors should also wash their hands before and after visiting you. If you do not see them clean their hands, ask them to do so. Family and friends who visit should not touch the surgical wound or dressings.
Each person that you meet should ask you to state your name and date of birth, what surgery you are having, and on which side of your body. If necessary, your doctor will mark your skin before going to surgery.