Shortly after your arrival to the Day Surgery Center, you will be called into
the Preoperative Assessment Area by our nursing staff. You will be asked to remove
all clothing, including undergarments and jewelry. We will provide you with a
gown, robe, cap, and slippers that you will wear during your stay. You will be
given a personal locker in which you will place your belongings. The key can
be secured to your identification bracelet or given to your escort.
Dentures, hearing aides, glasses, and contact lenses will be secured immediately
prior to going into the OR. During certain procedures you may be permitted/required
to keep these items.
Our nursing staff will discuss your medical/surgical history, take your vital
signs, and answer your questions. The staff will attempt to alleviate any anxiety
you may have and give you an idea of what to expect on the day of your procedure.
Our staff is aware that their patients will be spending a relatively short
time at the hospital and that pre- and post-surgery communication and supportive
care is extremely important.
If you wish, your escort may join you in your preoperative assessment room
after you have discussed confidential matters with representatives of your
Any changes in the OR schedule will be communicated to you and your family/guardian/significant
other as quickly as possible.
The staff of the Day Surgery Center includes a team of clinically expert, caring
people with backgrounds in critical care, inpatient and outpatient surgery,
emergency medicine, and other specialized areas of inpatient nursing.
As a team, their level of competency and sensitivity provides a standard of
care and expertise that patients deserve and appreciate.
Many outpatient surgical procedures are performed with epidural, general, or
local anesthesia. Faculty anesthesiologists with experience in ambulatory
surgery, care for patients at the Day Surgery Center and are well prepared
to deal with any possible medical complications with the resources available
in a tertiary care facility. NYU faculty anesthesiologists realize that even
the most minor surgery can be stressful physically and mentally. Our specialists
guide patients through a safe recovery, and can help with pain management
in the days and weeks following a procedure. If anesthesia assistance is
planned for your procedure, your anesthesiologist will review your personal
history with you. Based on your history and procedure, he/she will provide
you with the appropriate anesthesia options. You will again be provided the
time that you need to ask questions about your anesthetic care.
If your operative consent has not been obtained in the physician office or
in Pre-Admission Testing, you will complete this with a member from the surgical
team in the preoperative assessment area.
Having a surgical procedure can be especially trying for children and their
parents. To help make the experience more comfortable for our pediatric patients,
children and their families have their own waiting area-a playroom to keep
them occupied and comfortable prior to surgery. Our pediatric observation
room serves as an area for some children who require a quieter setting. In
addition, specific OR times are available for pediatric patients.
The NYU Hospitals Center Child Life Program representative is available to
help parents understand what the surgical process entails. Families rest easy
knowing that a telephone hotline provides answers to questions about their
child's procedure both pre- and postoperatively.
Our playroom provides a more favorable environment for our younger patients.
Parents/Guardian must remain on the unit if the patient is a minor. Please
wait in the adult escort waiting area when children are in the operating room.
Parents/Guardian are required to be with the pediatric patient for the entire
postoperative recovery room period.