|Description of Department|
This unit provides comprehensive pre and post-surgical care to the acutely ill patients, 14 years and older in population. Patient care, while based on established standards to ensure quality, will be individualized through the ongoing use of the nursing process. This unit has 22 licensed beds and is located on the second floor of the hospital. The average census is 18.
Types of Services Offered
As part of patient care, this surgical unit provides assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of actual or potential illnesses or injuries, disease, and disorders by a collaborative team effort of physicians, nurses, and supportive staff for the restoration of each patient to optimum health.
There is a unit director assigned 5 days a week during the day, and charge nurses 7 days a week on each shift. Each shift is 12 hours in duration for RN license nurses and 8 hours in duration for non licensed personnel. The following services are provided in this unit:
• Major/minor surgical patients who require pre, post-surgical care (i.e. general, vascular, orthopedic, or gynecologic surgery)
• Oncology diseases with/without chemotherapy
• 24 hr. observation of patients who require diagnostic work-ups and medical treatment
• When unit is full, post-op gynecologic patients without cancer diagnosis and clean surgical cases may overflow to postpartum
• Patients that require monitoring of their cardiac status
Hours of Operation:
The surgical unit operates on a 24-hour basis.
Description of the Department
The out-patient surgical unit is equipped with routine and emergency supplies to enhance the pre and post operative care. This area is decorated to enhance the comfort of patients and their families. Each cubical is equipped with a television, partitioned by curtains, all visible from the central nursing station. A waiting room and lavatory for family and friends is located adjacent to this unit.
Types of Services Offered
The area is staffed with professional nursing personnel and is open to receive and provide care to patients. Operation time is listed below. Patients who require longer hospitalization will be admitted as a regular surgical admission instead.
The nursing station and educational center will receive patients for:
• Pre-operative nursing assessment
• Educational preparation for surgical intervention
• Registration of day of surgery
• General out-patient information
• Discharge instruction
Hours of Operation
• Monday-Friday: 5:30 AM to 10:00 PM
• Saturday: 5:30 AM to 7:00 PM
• Sunday: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM
• Unit is closed on holidays
Pre-admission assessment teaching lab work
Preoperative testing is required before this procedure. It is important for all of your testing to be completed at least 72 hours prior to your surgery date. All results should be faxed to our Pre-admission Center at (626) 312-2241. If possible, please bring a copy of your history and physical, lab work, and any other tests done. Please call (626) 307-2012, if you have any questions.
Patients may come in for pre-operative laboratory work during the following days and hours:
| ||Monday – Friday||Saturday, Sunday and Holidays|
|Out-Patient Surgery||05:30 AM – 10:00 PM ||05:30 AM - 07:00 PM (Saturday), 07:00 AM - 03:00 PM (Sunday), Closed on Holidays|
|Lab||07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ||07:00 AM - 06:00 PM|
|X-Ray||07:00 AM - 06:00 PM||08:00 AM - 12:00 PM|
|EKG||07:00 AM - 06:00 PM||08:00 AM - 12:00 PM|
*** If a chest X-ray or EKG is ordered, these must be completed at the same time as other laboratory work.
Patient before Surgery Not-To-Do list
• Do not take fluids or eat any food after midnight
• Do not bring valuables (cash, credit card, jewelry, watch, wallet, cell phone, pager, etc.)
• Please do not wear make-up, nail polish or pins in your hair
Patient before Surgery To-Do list
• You should be in the hospital at 2 hours before surgery time
• You must be in the hospital. If you are late your surgery will have to be postponed until later time.
• Notify the surgeon of any change in your physical condition, i.e. colds, infection, etc.
• Bring a list of any medications you are taking, along with the dosage and number of times a day it is to be taken.
• Please bring in your own comb, brush, tooth paste and toothbrush
After your operation:
• If a condition arises during your surgery and the operating doctor feels that admission to the hospital is best for your recovery, then he/she shall admit you as an inpatient following your surgery.
• If you are discharged on the day of surgery:
- Arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you home
- Do not take public conveyance without the presence of another adult
- Do not ingest alcoholic beverages or take medication not specifically prescribed for at least 24 hours.
- Do not drive a care or operate machinery for 24 hours.
- Important decision making should be delayed for at least 24 hours.