Pre-Admission Testing (PAT)
During your PAT appointment, you and a nurse will review your medical history, lab work and the medications that you take. The nurse will also carry out your doctor's requests, such as lab work and EKG, as well as instructions on medication and diet.
In addition, you will learn how to prepare at home for your surgery. The goal of your PAT appointment is to ensure that you are well prepared for surgery, so this is also a good time for you to ask questions about the hospital or your experience when you come for surgery.
Please bring the following to your PAT appointment:
- Driver’s license
- Insurance cards
- Medications that you take (or a list with each medication’s name, dose, how often you take it)
- Test results from blood tests, X-ray, CT scan, MRI, ultrasound or other imaging
- Paperwork from your surgeon
- Paperwork from other doctor’s that you have seen to prepare for surgery (e.g. your cardiologist)
Day of Admission
Please arrive at the hospital admitting (the front desk inside the main hospital entrance) at least two hours prior to your scheduled procedure. Consult your surgeon on whether it is okay to eat anything after midnight the day of your surgery.
- Take only the medications that you were instructed to take with a sip of water.
- If you have fever, vomiting, diarrhea, a rash, cold symptoms, or feel sick in any way, notify your surgeon prior to coming to the hospital. Your procedure may need to be rescheduled.
- Plan on having a family member or support person drive you to and from the hospital.
- Please leave any valuables such as jewelry at home.
- Remember to bring a photo ID and your insurance card.