Preparing for Your Surgery Day • Step by Step Instructions • 10 Tips to Help Us Keep You Safe
For your personal safety and comfort, please follow these guidelines.
DO NOT eat or drink anything (including water) after midnight the day before surgery, unless given special instruction.
DO take Blood Pressure, Heart, and Seizure Medicines with a small sip of water the morning of surgery.
DO NOT chew gum, eat hard candy or smoke after midnight the day before surgery.
DO NOT wear makeup or nail polish. Acrylic nails without polish can be left on.
DO leave jewelry, valuables and small electrical equipment at home (such as blow dryers, razors, curling irons, etc.)
DO take a bath/shower the morning of surgery.
DO call your doctor if you have health changes between your last visit and the day of surgery…such as cold, fever, flu, etc.
DO wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing.
DO have an adult drive you home and be able to help for the next 24 hours if you are an outpatient. It is Salina Surgical Hospital’s policy that you can not take a cab, or drive yourself home. Your surgery will be cancelled if you do not have an adult escort.
IF you must go some distance to return home, bring some pillows. If you are having surgery on your arm or leg, you will need to keep it elevated to reduce swelling and pain.
DO feel free to bring a favorite toy or blanket if the patient is a child. (Parents/guardians must stay in the hospital during their entire stay.)
DO bring diapers and feeding bottles if you child will need them.
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- Your surgery is scheduled:
Your doctor has discussed your need for surgery with you. Your surgery is now scheduled at the Salina Surgical Hospital. Our facility is dedicated to serving the elective surgical patient.
- Pre-Admission Services:
You may be scheduled for an appointment with our Admissions Nurse, or our nurse will attempt to reach you by telephone. If you have not been contacted, please call (785) 827-0610 ext. 112 as soon as possible. This process must be completed before your surgery or your surgery may be delayed.
To Pre-Register: Please visit with our personnel at the Registration Desk at the Main Entrance. They will assist you in completing the financial and insurance documents that will facilitate submitting your claim to your insurance company. Please bring your health insurance cards, driver’s license and social security card with you. The registration staff may try to reach you ahead
of time. If you have Advanced Directive/Living Will please bring a copy with you.
- The Day of Surgery:
When you arrive at the hospital, stop at the Registration Desk to notify them you have arrived.
You will be escorted to the Surgery Pre-operative Area where you will be made ready for your surgery.
A member of our anesthesia team will visit with you before surgery. A parent/legal guardian must accompany patients under 18 years of age, or patients who cannot sign their own consents.
- Your Surgery:
A member of your family or a friend may stay with you until you are taken to the Operating Room Suite. Family or friends may wait in our Family Lobby Area.
- Your Recovery:
When your surgery is over, you may spend time in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (P.A.C.U.). You will then transfer to Phase II Recovery or to a private Inpatient Room if you require a longer recovery period. Your family member or friend may accompany you to either area. Outpatients are usually released to home with an escort within two (2) hours after they arrive in Phase II Recovery.
- In-Patient Recovery:
Salina Surgical Hospital has sixteen (16) private In-Patient Rooms for overnight recovery stays. If your physician has planned an overnight stay for you, please bring the following items:
• Toiletries, e.g. comb, brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
• Any necessary medical equipment e.g. CPAP, Nebulizers, etc.
• All current prescription and non-prescription medications in their original containers, including insulin drugs (refrigeration is available).
• All children under 12 must have an adult guardian with them at night.
- Going Home:
Before you leave, your nurse will give you home care instructions. If you are an outpatient, you should remain close to the Salina Surgical Hospital or have medical care available for 8 to 12 hours after going home, in case a medical emergency should arise.
If you are an outpatient, the day after your surgery, a nurse will call to check on you and answer any questions you have. If you need to speak to a nurse sooner, please call the Peri-Operative Department at (785) 827-0610 between the hours of 6 am-7 pm or the Inpatient Unit after 7 pm at (785) 827-7315.
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Research has shown that the best way to prevent medical errors is for patients and families to take an active part in their health care. You can take action in these 10 simple ways:
- Make sure that everyone who cares for you knows who you are. Our nurse will ask your name or to state your birth date and will check your name band.
- If you have any questions or concerns, ask a team member. Ask a family member or friend to speak for you if you are not able to do so.
- If you feel unsteady on your feet or have had any medications please ask us to help you. We do not want you to fall.
- When you are ask about the medicine you take, please tell us about every medicine. Be sure to include creams, vitamins, herbs, diet supplements, and all prescription and over-the counter medicines.
- Tell us about your allergies. Specify allergies to medicines, tape, latex, shellfish, and any others you may have had a reaction to in the past, including food allergies.
- If you have a new prescription given to you while you are here, be sure you know what it is for, how to take it, and any possible side effects.
- If you have any questions about a test or procedure, please ask your nurse, doctor or any health care team member.
- Ask all team members who have direct contact with you if they have washed their hands. It's the best way to prevent the spread of germs, and our team members will be glad you asked!
- Be sure you know and understand how to take care of yourself when you go home.
- If you notice any other safety concerns, please tell a team member so that we can work to make our hospital a safer place for all.
The physicians and staff of Salina Surgical Hospital want to thank you for taking the time to read this and for helping us to help you! We hope to make your stay with us a safe experience.
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