Preparing you for surgery
Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic (POAC) visit:
Your Surgeon will provide the hospital with the details regarding your surgery. A clerk from the Operating Room Scheduling Department will contact you to schedule your POAC visit approximately 3-6 weeks before your surgery.
The Clerk will give you instructions about what you need to bring with you on the day of your POAC visit. You are encouraged to bring your care partner with you.
Your POAC visit will include an assessment by a Registered Nurse and may also include an assessment by a Physician Specialist in Medicine, a Medical Hospitalist and/or an Anesthesiologist. You may also be required to have blood work or other testing completed at the time of your visit.
The POAC Registered Nurse will give you information about your surgery, what you can expect and will review patient information handout(s) that you will keep and bring in with you on the day of your surgery.
Day Surgery Patient Information Booklet
Same Day Admission (in AM) Patient Information Booklet
The day before your surgery:
The business day before your surgery, you must call the Operating Room Scheduling Department at 613-721-4840 between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday to Friday. The clerk will give you the time you must arrive at the hospital on the day of your surgery and the location of where you must report to. We are unable to give you an arrival time any earlier than the day before your surgery.
You must follow the instructions that were provided to you by the Registered Nurse during your POAC visit. These will include what you may or may not eat or drink, as well as what medications you must take on the day of your surgery. If you are unclear about your instructions please refer to your patient instruction handout for the number to call.
If you are a smoker, refrain from smoking 24 hours prior to surgery.
Have a bath or shower the night before your surgery, thoroughly wash the area of your body to be operated on. Do not use any scented products or body lotions.
If you are going home the same day of your surgery you must arrange for a responsible adult to pick you up after surgery. It is also recommended that you have a responsible adult remain with you on the first night after surgery.
You should bring your Care Partner with you on the Day of Surgery.
At home on the day of surgery:
Have a bath or shower before coming to the Hospital, thoroughly wash the area of your body to be operated on. Queensway Carleton Hospital is a scent-free organization; please do not wear aftershave, cologne, perfume or deodorant.
o Wear cosmetics, make-up, nail polish, contact lenses or jewelry, including body piercings
o Use any scented products or body lotions
o Bring any valuables with you
o Bring your Ontario Health Card.
o Bring your medications in their original containers to the hospital, including any inhalers you use. If your medications are in a blister pack, please bring the blister pack and a list of your medications from your Pharmacy. You must follow the instructions given to you at the POAC visit regarding what medications to take
o Bring your patient instruction handout
o Bring the name and telephone number of the responsible adult who will be picking you up after surgery. It is also recommended that you have a responsible adult to remain with you on the first night after your surgery.
o After midnight the night before your surgery drink clear fluids only
Drink a cup of clear fluid (250 mLs or 8oz) of apple juice or water or ginger-ale, 90 minutes before you leave to come to the hospital. Drinking a clear fluid has been shown in the literature to improve a patient’s recovery.
Exception – Unless the POAC Registered Nurse, Surgeon or Anesthesiologist has instructed you not to drink.
NOTE: If you develop a cold or other illness, notify your Surgeon before your operation. This is important for your well being and the safety of others because there is a risk for everyone if you go into surgery if you are ill. If you are uncertain, come to the Day Surgery Unit as planned and the Nurse there will assess you. Should your surgery be delayed, every effort will be made to have you rescheduled as soon as possible.
Day of surgery and arrival at Hospital:
Report to Patient Registration, located just inside the main entrance of the Hospital.
From Patient Registration, you will be directed to the Day Surgery Unit.
Bring your Care Partner with you if you can. You may invite your Care Partner into the Day Surgery Unit before your surgery.
You will be required to change into a hospital gown. Your belongings will be placed in a bag labeled with your name and kept in the Day Surgery Unit until you either return there or are admitted to a hospital bed.
A Registered Nurse will complete your preparation for surgery, including starting an intravenous and giving you any medication(s) that may have been ordered for you to take before your surgery.
Your Anesthesiologist, Surgeon and Operating Room Registered Nurse will visit you in the Day Surgery Unit prior to you going to the Operating Room.
The Operating Room Registered Nurse will take you on a stretcher to the Operating Room.
In the Operating Room:
The Operating Room Registered Nurse who brings you into the Operating Room will introduce you to the Operating Room Scrub Nurse and other members of the surgical team.
You will be assisted to move from the stretcher to the Operating Room table.
Monitoring equipment will be connected to you. The Operating Room may feel cold to you. if you are cold, tell the Operating Room Registered Nurse.
While you are awake the Operating Room team will perform a surgical safety checklist that will include a review of your name, surgical procedure and any other information specific to you.
The Operating Room Registered Nurse will remain beside you until the Anesthesiologist has put you to sleep.