Assessment and education of patients before their surgery date.
At least one week prior to surgery, this service:
- checks blood pressure, pulse, and weight
- arranges any tests surgeon has ordered (e.g. blood tests, urinalysis, x-rays, etc.)
- gives pre-surgery and discharge instructions
- answers patient questions
- offers a teaching video
The visit usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. However, if the patient is having a joint replacement or has to see an internist / anesthetist, it may take between 3 and 4 hours, as the patient may have to wait.
Assessments may be done in person or by phone at the request of the surgeon, when the patient meets criteria for a phone assessment and when the completed admission database comes to PAC with the paperwork.