The Surgical Services department is comprised of Pre-op Education, Prep,
Surgery, and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Our Surgical Services
nurses practice evidence-based care and are deeply involved with patients
and their families.
When scheduled for a surgical procedure, our highly skilled Pre-op Education
nurses call the patient and obtain information regarding their health
history, medications, etc. for the Anesthesiologist. The patient is put
at ease by explaining exactly what to expect from the moment the patient
enters the door until discharge. Education is provided on ways to enhance
the recovery period. Any questions the patient may have are answered.
Patients find this experience very informative and helpful in relieving
the anxiety associated with the surgical experience.
On the day of surgery, the patient checks in at the Information desk in
the Surgery entrance lobby. A Prep nurse is notified and invites the patient
into the prep area. On arrival, the patient is provided with a warmed
bed, aromatherapy, and is prepared for surgery while listening to our
Care Channel’s calming music and scenery. If the patient requires
diversion therapy, meditative coloring is provided. The Prep nurse verifies
the information received from the Pre-op education nurse and finalizes
preparing the patient for surgery. One family member is able to stay until
the patient goes into surgery.
When the time arrives to go into surgery, the patient is greeted in the
Prep area by the Anesthesiologist, the Surgery nurse, and the Surgeon.
The Operating room is a highly specialized area which is designed and
staffed to provide skilled professional Intraoperative nursing care to
inpatients and outpatients from adolescent to adult. There are eight operating
rooms available to provide: General, Orthopedic, Ear, Nose and Throat
(ENT), Gynecology, Plastics, Neuro, Neuro-interventional, Urology, and
Vascular Surgery, etc.
Once the patient’s surgery is complete, the patient is transported
to the PACU. Highly skilled nurses receive the patient and provide comfort
as much as possible before transferring the patient to an inpatient unit
or home. PACU nurses coordinate x-rays and any lab tests which may be
ordered. Medications are provided as needed to return the patient to as
stable of a condition as possible after surgery.