When you're about to have an operation at Newton Medical Center, you can expect the following during surgical preparation:
- During a short registration process, an armband will be placed on your wrist.
- You will be escorted to the pre-operative (pre-op) area, located in ambulatory surgery, where you will change into a hospital gown.
- You will be asked to remove dentures, hearing aids and eyeglasses.
- You will meet your pre-op nurse, who will complete your nursing history and assessment, provide pre-op/post-op instructions and education, start an intravenous (IV) line (a small catheter in your hand or arm that will provide access to your circulatory system for medications), and oversee any other pre-op preparation your surgeon has requested.
- Once your intravenous line has been started, your family may join you in the pre-op area. Please note that this is a busy department that is often noisy and fast-paced.
- You will be taken into the operating room (OR) on a stretcher by a nurse and an OR assistant.
- Once in the OR, you will meet with your anesthesiologist and the nurse who will be caring for you while you are there.