Please arrive approximately two hours before your scheduled surgery and check-in at the desk in the main lobby. 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 may 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. Your personal items will be placed in a clear plastic bag and given to your loved ones. If you have valuable items that you would like stored in a safe during your procedure, please request a valuables bag from any ALMH staff member. A member of the ALMH security department will help you inventory your stored and items and provide a receipt to you that must be presented upon discharge in order to collect your valuables.
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.
Please bring an accurate medication list. 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 the Special Procedures Area until the physician and the Operating Room are ready. Before surgery, a nurse will ask that you sign a consent that gives your permission for the procedure. The anesthesiologist/Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist will discuss the safest kind of anesthetic for you, explain the anesthesia process (as well as any potential side-effects), 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. You will be provided with a comfort menu and your nurse will be happy to provide anything you choose. Our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible.
At the completion of your procedure, your physician will meet with you or your family members.
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 hospital staff and your physician. If you have any questions, please call your physician.