You are asked to arrive at ALMH approximately two hours before your scheduled surgery. This allows our staff plenty of time to answer your questions, address any abnormal test results, complete necessary paperwork, review your medical history and carry out all physician orders.
During your admission, we will ask for a copy of your photo ID, insurance card, living will and/or durable power of attorney. We will also provide you with a copy of your patient rights.
You must wear the wristband you receive during admission for your entire hospital stay.
What you should bring
You will probably want to bring your personal toiletry articles and slippers, robe and pajamas or gown. However, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital cannot be responsible for personal belongings including jewelry, valuables, money and so on, during hospitalization. We recommend that these items be sent home if at all possible. Those items which cannot be sent home should be inventoried and placed in a valuables bag. You will be given a receipt and the bag will be placed in a safe. Upon discharge, you must present your receipt to have your valuables returned to you.
Dentures, eyeglasses and other personal belongings should never be placed in areas where they could be misplaced or lost. When personal belongings are not in use, they should be placed in the bedside storage areas provided.
Before your procedure, your personal items will be placed in a clear plastic bag and given to your loved ones. They will return these items when you're assigned to a room after your procedure.
For safety purposes, do not bring electrical appliances, including radios and televisions. All electrical equipment in the medical center is specially grounded and checked for the protection of all patients. Follow our safety rules by leaving all electrical items at home.
Only medications prescribed by your physician while you are in the hospital will be administered. Do not bring medications unless specifically requested by your physician.
Preparing for Surgery
Patients having surgical procedures will be sent to Same Day Care until the physician and the Operating Room are ready. Before surgery, a nurse will ask that you sign permission for the procedure. The anesthesiologist will discuss with you the safest kind of anesthetic for you and will answer any questions.
The scheduled time for surgery and the actual time in surgery can vary. Delays or revisions to the Operating Room schedule might change the start time of your surgery.
Depending on your care needs, you may be monitored with a heart monitor, blood pressure device and an oxygen sensor. If you are to receive intravenous (IV) medication, an IV will be started.
At the completion of your procedure, your physician will meet with you or call your family members. If you are having a cardiac catheterization procedure, the cardiologist may not meet with your family until after reviewing the films later the same day.
After the Procedure
If you have a surgical procedure, you will go to our main recovery room known as the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Your condition will be monitored by a registered nurse and a certified registered nurse anesthetist. When you are awake and stable, you will be transferred to an inpatient care unit or you will be discharged. A volunteer in the waiting area will notify your family and friends of your room number so they may join you.
Patients having non-surgical procedures will be taken to the appropriate post-procedure care area after completion of the procedure.
If you are having your procedure as an outpatient, you must have a responsible adult drive you home from the medical center. If you have received anesthesia (including IV sedation, blocks, spinal, epidural or general anesthesia) someone should stay with you the remainder of the day and night.
Please follow all instructions given to you by the medical center staff and your physician. If you have any questions, please call your physician.