Frequently Asked Questions
What do I pack for my hospital stay?
Loose-fitting pajamas or knee-length gowns and robes. It is best if robes tie or button in the front and do not drag on the floor. Undergarments are permitted.
Good walking shoes with little or no heel. No house slippers.
Loose-fitting clothing, such as sweats, t-shirts, or shorts to wear to therapy, to do your exercises in while you are in the hospital, and also to wear when you go home.
Personal hygiene items such as razors, toothbrushes, etc.
Small amount of change is permitted. Please leave money and valuables at home or with your family.
If you have a walker or cane, please have your family/friends bring them up the evening of surgery or the next day. Please put your name on these items.
A list of all your medications and their dosages. Be sure to include any over-the-counter medicines, such as vitamins and herbs. You are allowed to bring your own inhalers, eye drops and birth control medicines. All other medicines will be given by the hospital.
Your insurance and/or Medicare cards.
Copy of your Living Will and/or Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare.
If you choose to bring any personal belongings, such as a pillow, be sure that it is a colored one with your name on it so it does not get mistaken for one of the hospital articles.
Please bring your Incentive Spirometer with you to the hospital. The Incentive Spirometer is a device that is designed to encourage deep breaths and help prevent respiratory problems. Keep the device clean and do not allow children or other family members to use it.
Where do I go the day of my surgery?
Go to the Mulberry Street Outpatient Registration Entrance on the west side of the hospital. Walk past the registration office to the elevator on the right. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor. When you exit the elevator you will be in the Surgery Waiting Room. Check in with the receptionist. You should report to the hospital at the time your surgeon told you.
What is my role in the surgery process?
St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is committed to providing quality patient care, promoting patient education, and enhancing patient safety. You will be asked to participate with the following processes.
If you are scheduled for elective surgery, you will be asked to verify the correct operative site during your visit with the pre-admission nurse. If your operation involves right versus left (for example - right knee or left knee), you will be asked to verify the correct site.
Before surgery, a nurse will verify the correct operative site with you. He/she will also confirm this information with your medical record and the surgery schedule.
The nurse will ask you to mark the operative site with your initials (i.e., hernias, breast, arm, leg, etc.) by using a skin marker.
The Surgical Team will recheck the surgical site with you. They will look at your initials and will document the verification process in your medical record.
If you do not understand this information, please ask a member of the Surgical Team.
Please be aware that questions regarding your name, physician, type and location of surgery, medical history, allergies, etc., will be repeated multiple times during your surgical process in order to ensure your safety.
How will my child go to sleep if having surgery?
The age and maturity of your child will aid in the decision about how he/she will go to sleep. With younger children, the most frequent type of induction (putting one to sleep) is inhalation. Inhalation induction allows the child to breath themselves off to sleep with oxygen, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and anesthesia gas. The older child will often choose an IV because it is a faster way to go to sleep. If the older child is afraid of IV sleep, or needles, an inhalation induction is an option.
What will you do if my child is anxious before surgery?
Medications are available that will sedate your child prior to the start of the anesthetic. These medications can be given either by mouth or through an IV. Your anesthesiologist will decide what is best for your child after discussing with you. A vast majority of children do not require anything other than a wagon to ride in and a hand to hold.