Patient information

These general guidelines usually apply to urological surgery and procedures when an inpatient stay is required.Your physician may give you more instructions about preparing for treatment.

Surgery

If you are scheduled for surgery, your physician will write an order for nothing by mouth. This usually begins at midnight prior to the day of surgery. The nurses will inform you not to eat or drink after a certain time.

Before your surgery:

  • Bathe
  • Have on a clean hospital gown
  • Remove all jewelry
  • Give valuables to family members or store them in the hospital safe in the admitting office

The nurse will go over a pre-op checklist to ensure you are prepared.

Approximately one hour prior to your scheduled surgery time, you will be transported to the holding department located in the basement. Due to limited space, only one family member is allowed to go with you to this area. The staff on this unit will review your chart and prepare you thoroughly for your procedure.

During surgery

Your family will need to come back to the nursing unit when you are moved to the surgical area. The operating room and post anesthesia care units will notify your family by telephone about your condition. Normally, recovery room time is approximately one hour; however, this may vary depending on the administration of medication.

Post Surgery

Upon your return to the nursing unit, the nursing staff will be obtaining frequent vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, respiration rate and temperature) and informing you of the new postoperative routine. It will be very important for you to turn, take deep breaths and cough every 2 hours (unless otherwise instructed). You will need to inform the staff of any discomfort you may have. Normally, you are allowed to be up on your feet the day following surgery.

Dialysis

The hemodialysis staff will transport you from your room to the dialysis unit. There is not a daily schedule for treatments due to emergencies, ICU patients, etc. There is a visitor’s area in the dialysis unit.


Inpatient Care

Telephone

Press 9 for local calls, then dial your number.

Long Distance The hospital operator will be glad to assist you or you may use your calling card by pressing 9, then 0 and proceed as directed on your calling card.

Collect Calls Dial 0 and give the information to our operator.

Room Number Your telephone number in your room will be 531 plus 8 and the last 3 digits of your room number, except for 2230B which is 531-8536 and 2243B which is 531-8537. If you have any problems, please ask for assistance from the staff or the operator.

Please note: Your telephone receiver must be lying on a flat surface to be ready for incoming calls.

Physician’s Visit

The physicians usually will see patients in ICU first and then come to the floor and see patients at various hours. You may see your doctor at the unit several times during the day. Your physician will see you in your room, not at the desk.

X-rays

The radiology department is notified when an order is written for an X-ray. The radiology department performs the X-ray (keeping in mind the needs of all patients in the hospital) in the most timely fashion possible. Therefore, most X-rays are not scheduled for a certain time of day. (Some X-rays require preparation and must be done the next day.)

Meals

Your meals are served between the hours of 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m.,

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Your physician will order your diet. You may dial MENU (6368) from your room phone to inquire about what is being served or to request a special food item for a meal allowed on your diet.

A hostess will bring your tray into your room and the floor staff will assist in setting it up for you. Please do not hesitate to push your call light if you need assistance.

Fluid management/Daily weights

You may be asked to record the amount of everything you drink and the amount of urine you produce. Gentlemen, please use the urinal provided. Ladies, please use the white hat-shaped container provided on the toilet. When you tell the staff that you have some urine to be measured, they will note the amount and discard the urine for you.

You may be weighed early each morning. We apologize for the early wake-up call, but weights at other times of the day are not as informative.

Hygiene

You will be offered a bag bath or a shower, if allowed. The bag bath is a single step procedure. The staff will bring a plastic bag into your room filled with warm washcloths. You will use a special washcloth for each extremity. It is not necessary to dry off or apply a lotion afterward.


Discharge

Ideally, your discharge planning should be discussed prior to your admission to the hospital. The case manager will assist with any discharge needs that the physicians feel you require (for example, equipment, home health, rehabilitation or nursing home).

Please let us know your concerns regarding discharge as early as possible so that everything will be ready for you when you are discharged.

After your physician informs you of the discharge, your nurse will complete the discharge teaching and paperwork. The nurse will come to your room and prepare you for discharge. You will be accompanied to your vehicle by the nursing staff.

Again, welcome to our unit. We pledge to you, the patient, that we will make your stay at ETMC as pleasant as possible. Please don’t hesitate to ask for anything you need.

We would like to take this opportunity to inform you and your family about our unit. Our goals are to take care of your needs and keep you informed.

Our nursing team is comprised of the charge nurse (RN), staff nurses (RNs and LVNs), patient care assistants, ward clerk, case manager (RN), clinical manager (RN) and director (RN). Our focus centers on our patients and their families as we strive to meet their healthcare needs with personal attention, respect and encouragement.