The preadmission unit was designed to complete the medical screening of patients before being admitted to the hospital for an operation. In the unit, patients are cared for by specialized nurses who guide the patients through all the steps of hospitalization.
In the unit, the duration of time spent is about two to three hours.
Please be noted that the patient is required to visit the unit 48 hours before admission to the hospital in order to perform all the required medical clearance specified by the operating physician.
Your visit to the pre-admission unit involves:
- Completing a patient file
- Performing a blood and urine test
- Taking a complete medical history and performing a physical exam
- Being consulted by an anesthesiologist
- Being consulted by a cardiologist
- Being consulted by any other specialists (like an endocrinologist) according to the patient condition
- Instructions involving preparation for the operation
- The visit might also include:
- Echocardiography or EKG
- Other medical tests ordered by the operating physician or anesthesiologist
The patient will have to report:
- Any allergies to food or medications
- Any cold or flu symptoms in the last few days
How to prepare for the operation:
- The night before the operation:
- After midnight, refrain from eating, drinking and smoking. Do not eat sweets or gum.
- On the morning of the operation:
- Take a bath and wear comfortable clothes
- You may brush your teeth but be careful not to swallow any water
- Carry along necessities including a hairbrush, comb, toothpaste, toothbrush, pajamas, slippers, shampoo and a shaving set.
- Please keep your precious belongings at home since the hospital is not responsible in case any of your belongings were lost or damaged.
- Remove all jewelry and makeup before entering the operating room
- It is recommended to have a family member accompany you to the hospital