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Operating Room

If you are not practicing surgery at Hendrick, you may skip this section and proceed to the next section.

Scheduling

Scheduling hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Next-day procedures can be scheduled between 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. After 2 p.m., the case will be assigned to the wait list, which is prioritized by anesthesia and OR availability.

Scheduling in Advance

Outpatient Surgery
Call 325-670-2263. Patient data will be requested. If scheduling a phone Pre-Admission Testing (PAT) visit, please provide a verified patient phone number. A scheduling representative will book the surgery date and time, as well as the PAT date and time. Upon completion of the phone call, you will receive a booking number. Keep this number; it is your verification of scheduling.

Inpatient Surgery
Call 325-670-2263. Patient data will be requested (see Pre-Op section). A scheduling representative will book the surgery date and time. Upon completion of the phone call, you will receive a booking number. Keep this number; it is your verification of scheduling. The floor will prepare the patient for surgery.

Scheduling the Day of the Procedure

Inpatient
Call 325-670-2603 to speak to OR board runner. Provide the patient’s name, DOB, procedure and diagnosis. This information will expedite the process and will ensure that you have the necessary equipment and supplies.

Outpatient
Call 325-670-2603 to speak to OR board runner. Provide the patient’s name, DOB, procedure and diagnosis. Enter the orders and H&P in Apollo (EMR) or fax the orders and H&P to PAT at 670-4427. This information will expedite the process and will ensure that you have the necessary equipment and supplies. The patient can be expedited through PAT, which will allow appropriate documentation and testing to be completed. This process is the most efficient path to surgery.

** If the patient is not in stable condition, please admit the patient through the Emergency Department prior to surgery.

Pre-Admission Testing (PAT)

Prior to scheduling the patient, his or her health history should be reviewed, and other providers such as cardiologists, OB/GYNs and nephrologists should be consulted for clearance. Already establishing this documentation will expedite the process for patients and will reduce any delays and/or cancellations prior to surgery.

Type of PAT interview (Phone or In-Person)
You may schedule an in-person visit or a phone visit for the patient. Phone visits are ideal for young, healthy patients who will require minimal testing. All PAT interviews for GI, pain, Cath Lab and radiology procedures are completed through phone interviews.

Notification of Patient
The office should notify the patient of the date and time of the PAT visit and if the interview is an in-person or phone interview. Please stress to the patient that failure to complete the PAT visit could delay or cancel his or her procedure.

Testing
Any testing associated with the surgical/procedural visit may be scheduled and/or performed in the Jones PAT department. This includes phlebotomy, X-ray, EKG and pulmonary function testing. Coordination with the ostomy nurses and breast cancer navigators may also be completed through the Jones PAT department.

Required documents
Orders can be entered in Apollo or faxed to 325-670-4427. Orders must be received upon scheduling of the procedure. Both orders and H&P should be on the chart prior to PAT visit. All H&Ps should be less than 30 days old.

All lab values are reviewed, and any abnormal values will be communicated with the physician’s office. Any new abnormalities with the patient’s labs or EKGs will be taken to Anesthesia for evaluation. Anesthesia will decide if the patient requires cardiac clearance based on any additional changes in the patient’s condition. The patient will be left on the surgery schedule to allot time for the clearance to be completed. However, if there is not enough time, the physician’s office is responsible for cancelling or rescheduling the procedure.

Ordering

There is an anesthesia protocol at this hospital that can be ordered by the physician. This is the minimal amount of testing for the patient having surgery.

Pre-Op

All patients are required to have a face-to-face meeting with his or her physician before coming to Pre-Op.

Before going to the OR, the following tasks must be completed:

  • Consent or an order for a consent
  • History and Physical less than 30 days old
  • 24-hour update unless H&P is less than 24 hours old
  • Antibiotic/medication ordered
  • Patient must be marked if appropriate to case

Anesthesia Protocol | Anesthesia Medication Protocol | Stent Policy

OR Policies

Block Scheduling, 4.9152
Weekend Utilization of OR, 4.9152
Surgeon Late to the Operating Room, 4.9166
Scheduling of Patients for Surgery, 4.9164
Site-Procedure Verification, 3.1088
Traffic Control during Total Joint Replacement Surgery, 4.9192
DNR Policy
Surgery and Dual Anti-Platelet Therapy (DAPT) After Coronary Stent, 4.9151

Safe Surgery Checklist

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