I am a patient being admitted for same-day surgery and I will not require hospitalization after my procedure.
You are being admitted to the hospital to have some diagnostic or surgical procedure performed that will require sedation. You will remain in-house until you have recovered from the effects of anesthesia.
As a Same Day Surgery patient, you are going to be our guest for only a short amount of time; only several hours for some procedures, longer for more invasive cases, but only rarely for the entire day. You will be going through the same admission procedure as our surgical in-patients, but you will be discharged to home after you've recovered from the anesthesia. We want to assure you that we will do our very best to welcome you with the warmth, dignity and respect that we would extend to a visitor to our home. We have designed systems to streamline the admitting process and surgical flow. As a matter of fact – the process begins before you even arrive at the hospital.
|An admissions clerk explains the importance of managing personal property while an inpatient at FMH. Patients are strongly encouraged not to bring valuables with them to the hospital. Valuable personal property should be sent home with a family member or trusted friend. While FMH will help patients keep their personal property safe, responsibility for safeguarding personal property lies with the a patient.
What you should leave at home:
Money and Valuables
We strongly recommend that you bring only a minimum amount of cash with you to the hospital, and that you leave all other valuable items at home. If it is necessary to bring valuables with you, the Cashier's Office can store smaller items in the hospital safe. When you arrive for admission, notify your admissions nurse and arrangements will be made to place your items in the safe.
FMH is not responsible for money or valuables kept in your room.
Please do not bring any of the following with you to the hospital
Step One . . .
From Your Physician's Office
You will be admitted to the hospital in a few days.
When you left your physician's office, he or she made you aware that an operation was necessary to treat your medical condition and that you are not expected to need to remain in the hospital after your procedure. They explained to you what your treatment would entail. Your doctor explained to you that the operation was not an emergency procedure, and that they would like for you to have some tests performed before being admitted to the hospital.
The Scheduling Department: 240-566-3400
The Scheduling Department has been established to provide one-stop-shopping for all of your scheduling needs. One phone call to the Scheduling Department will:
- arrange ALL of your pre-admission testing and/or procedures,
- Schedule your appointment times,
- Identify the testing facility location that is the most convenient for you, AND;
- Begin gathering the necessary personal information for admissions and insurance forms
There are a number of locations that perform pre-admission testing for FMH. Use the links below to find a map directing you to the facility you have selected to perform your tests:
If you have chosen a facility that is not affiliated with FMH to perform your pre-admission testing:
- You MUST request that the results of your Pre-Admission Testing be faxed to the hospital before your scheduled admission date. Fax Number: 240-566-3636.
- If you need to change your appointment times, you will have to call to cancel your own appointments, and you will have to re-schedule your preadmission testing.
No matter where your tests have been scheduled to be performed, please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled time. In those cases where no specific time has been assigned for your particular test to be performed, you may arrive at the site at your convenience.
Please be sure to bring your doctor's orders - and your insurance information - with you to your testing site.
Step Two . . .
Arrival at the Hospital
Have your driver drop you off at the hospital's main entrance. Free valet parking is available, so your driver can just drop off the car and enter the hospital with you. If your driver does not wish to use Valet Parking, the attendants may be able to tell them where parking might be available on campus.
Upon arriving at the hospital, go directly to the Admitting Department, located next to the Information Desk just off of the main lobby. There are seven registration cubicles, three private interview areas and financial counseling suites for your comfort and convenience. Admitting staff will review your paperwork and register you for admission into FMH. This process may take 15 to 30 minutes. The admitting staff will work with you to get you through the registration process as quickly as possible.
Getting Ready for Surgery
Patients are escorted or transported from the Admitting Department to the Surgical Check-In area.
At the Surgical Check-In desk, an employee or Volunteer will give you any additional paperwork that needs to be completed before your surgery. He or she will then get your bed assignment and take you to your room.
|Once you're escorted to your room, you'll be asked to change into your pajamas or a hospital gown. Once you're changed and comfortable, a nurse will take your vital signs and make sure your medical history is up-to-date in our records.
Patients will also:
- be interviewed by their caregiver and given assistance in documenting the personal property they have brought with them into the hospital setting. Patients are encouraged to send any valuables home with a family member or trusted friend. Personal property is the responsibility of the patient.
- review what to expect before, during and after surgery with a Registered Nurse;
- receive intravenous medications;
- begin treatment procedures;
- review what to expect with the Anesthesiologist and Registered Nurse who will be with you in the OR.
After surgery, patients are transferred to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) to recover. Generally, this process takes about 1 to 1½ hours. Once you've recovered, you'll be discharged to go home with your friend or family member.
To help you get ready for your surgery, we suggest reading Preparing for a Surgical Procedure.