Important Information For Patients
Before the Day of Admission
If your health status changes (due to cold, cough, fever, etc.), please contact your surgeon prior to the day of your surgery. It may be necessary to reschedule your operation.
If you are taking any medication, such as heart, blood pressure or diabetes medicine, check with your surgeon as to whether the medication should be discontinued.
The type of anesthesia you will receive will determine whether you can eat or drink prior to coming to the hospital. Please discuss this with your surgeon.
On the Day of Surgery
If your surgery is being performed under local anesthesia, you may have a light breakfast, unless your physician specifies otherwise. If your surgery is being performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation, do not eat or drink anything—including water —after midnight prior to your operation. Do not eat mints or chew gum. This is very important. Eating or drinking may result in the cancellation of your surgery.
Inpatient admissions report to the Surgery entrance two hours prior to surgery; outpatients report one hour prior to surgery unless otherwise specified. Please check in at the receptionist’s desk. If you are staying overnight, please bring along a robe and slippers. Identification, insurance cards and any prepayment should also be brought the day of surgery.
If your physician gave you any papers needed for your operation, it is important that you bring them. Do not wear jewelry or bring large sums of money.
After admission, you will be escorted to our Surgical Admission Suite where you will be prepared for surgery. The room you occupy before your surgery will not be your permanent hospital room. A family member or friend may remain with you in this area.
After this preparation, you will be escorted to the Operating Room. An anesthesiologist will see you prior to your surgery.
Following your surgery, you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) for observation. When you have recovered from the anesthesia, you will be transferred to your hospital room or discharged from the hospital if you are an outpatient.
At Saint Agnes Hospital we want you and your family to be an active partner in your healthcare. One way that you can be involved is to speak up. Speak up if you have questions or concerns, and if you don’t understand, ask again. It’s your body and you have a right to know. As a patient at Saint Agnes Hospital, you have rights and responsibilities that protect you and allow us to deliver the best care during your stay.
Meet Your Saint Agnes Medical Hospital Team
Attending physician - The Doctor who is directly responsible for your care
Consulting Physicians - Physicians that have been asked to see you by your Attending Physician
Resident - A resident is a physician who has received their medical degree and who are continuing their specialty training. A resident may assist your Attending Physician
Nurses - Nurses will be your primary contact and will provide care for you 24 hours a day. Your care is coordinated by a Registered Nurse. Your Registered Nurse will oversee a team including Certified Nursing Assistants, technicians, clerks and other patient care associates. Any questions or concerns regarding your care should be directed to a nurse or nurse manager
Pastoral Care - The Pastoral Care associates at Saint Agnes Hospital understand the need for patients and families to not only be cared for physically but sometimes spiritually as well. Their services are available 24 hours a day.
Case Managers - Case managers are registered nurses who specialize in working with some patients to insure that their care is coordinated before, during and after their hospital stay
Social Workers - A wide variety of services can be provided by a social worker including discharge planning, referrals to outside agencies and more.
Dieticians - Dieticians can help to insure that your nutritional needs are met. Patient escort services - These associates will transport to different areas of the hospital
Environmental Services - The associates in environmental services clean your room daily, remove trash and replenish any products necessary.
Patient Advocate - A Patient Advocate will help resolve any issues that you may have as well as answer any questions regarding hospital policies and procedures