You should contact the registration office at 859-226-7100 as soon as possible after it has been determined that you are going to be admitted to the hospital. The personnel in that office will obtain certain information from you which will speed your admission. Unless you are an emergency patient, you should arrive at the designated Registration Area at the appointed time.
You should bring with you only a few personal items, such as toiletry articles, bathrobe, slippers and nightgown or pajamas.
State of the art equipment is used throughout the hospital. To prevent interference with any of this equipment, our engineering department must approve any personal electric appliances that patients bring to the hospital. Because of the hazards posed by even a small personal radio, we ask that you leave any electrical appliances at home, with the only exception being an electric shaver. You may, however, use battery operated items.
Consent forms for treatment or operations must be signed by you or by your closest legal relative or power of attorney. Permits for minors must be signed by parents or guardians. If you do not understand any of the forms, please ask for an explanation.
The hospital can not assume responsibility for loss or damage to valuables, clothing or other personal items kept in your room. We strongly recommend that you leave valuables at home, or send them home with your family. If that is not possible, such items may be deposited in the hospital safe by the Business Office personnel.
Eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and dentures should be kept in protective containers in your room when not in use. Please avoid putting these items on the over-bed table or on your meal tray.
The wrist identification band you receive upon admission should not be removed during your stay. It provides identification to all those who serve you and is for your protection.
Unless your physician instructs you otherwise, we ask that you do not bring any medications with you. However, we request that you bring a list of all medications you are currently receiving, and how often you take them.
All medications ordered during your hospital stay will be received from the pharmacy and will be dispensed from the nursing station. If you have any drug allergies, be sure to notify your doctor or nurse of them.
Your surgeon's office may schedule an appointment the week before your surgery to review pre-op instructions, have lab work and possibly have some testing. This is completed by a nurse in our pre-admission testing area at the hospital.
The goal of the interview is to identify potential risks you may have before you are given anesthesia. It is very important to share information about your medical history, so please bring a list of all medications and current dosages you're taking.
At the end of this appointment you should:
- Feel confident about how to prepare for the day of surgery.
- Know what to generally expect when you arrive at the facility for the procedure.
- Have an understanding the types of physical things you will do before returning home.
In some cases you may discuss your surgical preparation by a telephone call instead of a visit to the facility.
The Day of Your Operation
You will be given an arrival time to be at the hospital by your surgeon's office or by hospital staff. You will check-in with registration on the ground level and then proceed to the pre-op holding area on the second floor. It's understandable to be a little anxious the day of surgery.
An anesthesia doctor and nurses will interview you and plan your care with you. It is important to report to your nurse any unusual or illness feelings you're experiencing. Please remind us of any special needs you may require.
You will need to have a driver on the day of surgery if you are scheduled to have surgery on an out-patient basis.
Things to Remember
- You must not eat or drink as per your instructions.
- If you have been instructed to take medication the day of surgery, they may be taken with a small sip of water.
- Please leave all valuables at home.
- Remove all body and piercing jewelry before coming to the facility.
- Bring any inhaler you use to help with breathing.
The Operating Room
Your anesthesia provider and your operating room nurse will accompany you to the operating room and monitor you constantly throughout the operation. The OR team is highly skilled to ensure your safety while in the operating room suite.
While in surgery your family will receive updates on the length and/or progress of your surgery.
The Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
When surgery is over you'll be observed for a period of time in the recovery room, which is staffed with highly skilled nursing professionals. The anesthesia team will oversee and direct your care while in the unit. The type of anesthesia given and your procedure will largely determine your post-operative course.
You will be discharged from this unit to be admitted to an inpatient bed or return to the area that will discharge you to go home. Discharge from this area is at the discretion of the surgeon in conjunction with the anesthesia provider.
Outpatient Discharge on the Day of Surgery
Before leaving the hospital you will receive verbal as well as corresponding written instructions. Included in this information will be general instructions regarding diet, medications, bathing and activity restrictions, as well as those specific to your procedure.
A member of the nursing staff will attempt to telephone you the next business day after your discharge to follow your progress and to assist you and your family with whatever questions that may arise. An emergency contact number for your doctor should be given to you in the event care is needed before the nurse's follow up with a telephone call.
Home readiness rather than street fitness is the goal for ambulatory surgery. This means that you are ready to be discharged to recuperate at home and you should always follow your physician's instructions. Please do not exert yourself.