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Gastroenterology Patient Instructions

Before Your Admission to the Special Procedures Unit

Follow the instructions given to you by your physician.

On the Day of Your Procedure

  • After Registration, Report directly to the Special Procedures Unit
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, not even water or gum, unless approved by your doctor.
  • Do not smoke
  • Take you medicine as directed by your doctor. Use only a sip of water to take your medicine
  • You may brush your teeth, without swallowing any water
  • Wear clean, comfortable, loose fitting clothing
  • Do not wear makeup, nail polish, jewelry or body piercing

What to bring

  • Insurance Cards
  • Physician and Insurance Referrals
  • Copy of your Advanced Directive/Living Will if needed for your Medical Record
  • A Responsible Adult to Accompany You Home

Nurse Interview

A Registered Nurse will review with you your history and complete a short physical assessment that includes, temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respirations. She may listen to your heart, lungs and touch your extremities checking for pulses and skin temperature.

You will be asked to change into hospital attire, which includes a gown, robe, slippers and cap. Medication may be administered if ordered by your physician. A patient identification bracelet will be placed on your wrist.

Following Your Procedure

Once your procedure is complete, patients go to the recovery area in the Special Procedure Unit where monitoring is conducted by skilled nurses.

Going Home, After Discharge Instructions

You will be released from the Medical Center only with your physician’s approval. If your condition changes, you may be admitted to the medical center.

Upon discharge you will be given a copy of instructions about the care that you will require at home, which may include medication, dietary restrictions, or physical restrictions. Please arrange for transportation since you will not be able to drive after your procedure.

You will receive a follow-up phone call from a Special Procedures Nurse after your discharge to ensure that your recovery is proceeding as expected.

If you experience any of the following problems after discharge you should contact your physician immediately:

  • A fever of 101 or higher within 2 days of surgery
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Significant or persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Signs and Symptoms of Infection: including swelling, redness, drainage, or pain
  • Lightheadedness

If you experience any of these problems, and your physician is unavailable, you should go to the nearest Emergency Department.

Providing quality care and service to our patients is the primary concern of the staff in the Perioperative Department. The opinions of our patients concerning their experience helps us determine how well we are doing and allows us to make necessary adjustments to our services to improve your care. We welcome your opinion.

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