When your doctor says you or someone you love needs surgery, it can be nerve-wracking. Whether it’s a “routine” procedure (at least for your surgeon) or something more extensive, knowing surgery is necessary can leave you feeling helpless and anxious.
Here at Frederick Memorial Hospital, our Perioperative (that’s a big word encompassing surgery and non-surgical procedures like colonoscopies) staff-members see the worry in the faces of their patients every day. In an effort to ease those unsettled nerves, we’ve created a video to walk surgical patients through their day so they know what to expect.
The result was a 15-minute video packed with information from the pre-admission phone call patients may receive from one of our pre-admission screening nurses through registration, the pre-surgical preparation area, the operating room itself and out into the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) — which is just a fancy name for the Recovery Room. They even included information on what patients’ loved ones will experience in the waiting area.
We all know 15 minutes is a long time to watch a video (especially here on the web), so if you’d rather select a shorter section of the video, please use the following links:
We also know how difficult it can be when you’re a parent of a child who needs surgery. It’s an entirely different set of anxieties, but our staff-members have picked up a few techniques over the years to help kids and their parents feel a little more at ease.
We hope these videos will help you feel more prepared if and when you need to visit our operating suites. Have questions? Post them here on the blog and I’ll find the answers, or you can call us at 240-566-3918.