Patient Checklist

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TWO DAYS OR MORE BEFORE SURGERY

  • Check insurance coverage.
  • Have pre-admission tests, such as blood work and x-ray, completed.
  • Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours after discharge.
  • If you develop a cold or any other illness prior to your surgery, report this to your physician.
  • If applicable, bring a copy of legal guardianship papers or Advance Directives.

 DAY BEFORE SURGERY

  • Avoid smoking, alcoholic beverages, and non-prescription drugs.
  • Only take your medication the morning of surgery if instructed to do so.
  • You may receive a phone call from a nurse to briefly review your health history and post-operative instructions to include home care needs specific to your surgery.
  • Call for your time of arrival after 3pm the day prior to your procedure @ 225-3290. Call Friday if you procedure is on Monday.

THE EVENING BEFORE SURGERY

  • Eat a light meal.
  • Drink non-alcoholic beverages as desired.
  • Prepare anything you will need to bring to the hospital.
  • Perform any pre-operative preparations ordered by your physician.

AFTER MIDNIGHT

  • Do Not Eat Or Drink Anything unless your physician specifically orders medications or clear liquids.

THE DAY OF YOUR SURGERY

  • Do Not Eat Or Drink Anything unless your physician specifically orders medications or clear liquids.
  • Leave jewelry, money, and other valuables at home.
  • Bring your insurance identification card.
  • Bring a container to store your contact lenses or glasses.
  • Bring reading materials, knitting, etc. in case of delays.
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing.
  • Plan to arrive at the Outpatient Department at your assigned time (see map for directions).  This time is approximately one and a half  to 2 hours prior to your surgery and allows us ample time to finish admission work, pre-operative preparations, etc.

For your convenience, the Outpatient Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from ??? a.m. - ??? p.m.  Cash or insurance prescription card will be needed for payment.