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Patient Surgery Information
You're scheduled for surgery. It can be nerve-wracking. And, on top of that, there is so much information to remember.
The Surgical Guide (available above) and the information on this page are designed to help answer some questions that you might have before, on the day of surgery, and after your surgery. If you have additional questions, reach out to your surgeon's office. If you would like a printed version of this guide, talk to your surgeon's office, or email email@example.com with your name and mailing address.
FOR THE PAST 100 YEARS, the staff at Beebe Healthcare has been setting new standards of excellence as we bring you the best in quality healthcare.
The information contained here is designed to help answer the many questions you may have after you are scheduled for surgery.
PREPARING FOR SURGERY
- 4 weeks prior to surgery
> If you develop a cold, sore throat, fever, diarrhea or other illness contact your surgeon’s office.
- 2 weeks prior to surgery:
> If you are taking blood thinners be sure to check with your surgeon and/or your heart doctor to discuss.
> Contact your surgeon's office to determine if you should stop taking weight loss medications.
- 3–7 days prior to surgery:
> Registration staff will call to verify personal and insurance information and discuss your insurance responsibility.
- 5 days prior to surgery:
> Start following the bathing instructions. (See page 4 of the surgical booklet.)
- 2 days prior to surgery:
> Call (302) 645-3502 after 2 p.m. to find out what time to report to the hospital.
- Write down all questions prior to surgery.
You will receive a telephone call from our Pre-Admission Testing (PAT) department nurses at least a day before your surgery is scheduled. During this telephone call, you will be asked about your exercise tolerance, health history, surgical/procedural history, and your medications. It may make it easier if you prepare a list. (See page 4 for space to make your list.) You will also be asked the names and telephone numbers of all specialists you currently see. During this telephone call, you will also be told where and when to call for your arrival time day of surgery.
- Allow 15–30 minutes for this call to review:
> Current medications/supplements
> Medical surgical history
> Anesthesia history
> Confirm procedure, side/site
> Orders for labs/EKG/chest X-ray
> Bathing instructions
> Medications to take day of surgery
> When to stop eating/drinking
- If you have any questions or concerns, speak up!
INFORMATION TO DOWNLOAD:
Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings provides healthcare workers and patients with a variety of resources including guidelines for providers, patient empowerment materials, the latest technological advances in hand hygiene adherence measurement, frequently asked questions, and links to promotional and educational tools published by the WHO, universities, and health departments. Go to the CDC Hand Hygiene Website.