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Surgical Patient Checklist
 
Unless your surgeon gives you different instructions, please prepare
yourself for outpatient surgery using this checklist.
 
 

 
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 you convenience, the Outpatient Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Cash or insurance prescription card will be needed for payment.
 
AFTER SURGERY
 
  • Do Not drive a car, operate complex machinery, drink alcohololic beverages, or take medications without physician orders.
  • Postpone important decisions and signing of important papers for at least 24 hours.
  • Rest and recuperate following written and verbal post-operative instructions reviewed with you at the time of discharge.
  • You will need a responsible adust to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours.
 
FOR CHILDREN ONLY
 
  • Talk to your child about coming to the hospital.
  • Arrange for your other children, if any, to follow their normal activities or stay with a friend or relative.
  • Pack a favorite toy or blanket.
  • Observe any special diet instructions given by your physician.
  • If necessary, bring bottled formula, milk, or juice.
  • A brief tour of the Outpatient Surgery area is available upon request.  Please call Toll Free 1-800-562-9753 ext. 3058 or 906-225-3058 to arrange a time.
 
If you have any questions, please call your physician or the Outpatient Surgery Department.