Thursday, March 8, 2007

Under the Knife- Tips for Surgery


In any given week I have several patients or friends who are having surgery. "Come and go", outpatient surgery is the fastest growing type of surgery. Even though surgery has become about as common as getting a haircut, patients should not be cavalier about it. There is a growing awareness nationwide about patient safety and improving quality and surgery is one area that is getting a lot of attention. The patient safety movement brings the patient into the partnership with doctors and nurses as members of the care team to help improve surgical care overall. When we work as a team, patient care is safer. If you or a relative is contemplating surgery, this is what you need to know:

* Tell your surgeon about other problems you may have...allergies, diabetes,smoking history. How you are handled in the operating suite may be different with this knowledge.

* Ask if you will be receiving antibiotics. Patients have better outcomes when antibiotics are given within 60 minutes before surgery and are ususally stopped within 24 hours.

* If hair needs to be removed from the surgical site, it should be clipped. Shaving leaves small nicks that increases risk of infection.

* If your surgery is complicated or prolonged, the risk of blood clots increases. Ask your doctor if there is any need for medication or special devices to prevent blood clots.

* Make sure you check out this website for information about anesthesia. Here you will find great tips for you to know before surgery. Anesthesia info

* Ask if you should take your regular medication the day of surgery.

* Make a list of all of your medications, including over the counter, and take it with you.

These things sound simple, but its amazing how many people go under the knife without knowing what the surgery is, how long they will be in the hospital and what the aftercare plan is. Check out this link for more info. Be part of the team

2 comments:

david mcmahon said...

G'day Toni,

Strangely enough, your template is exactly what I've been looking at for a new ``look'' to my blog, as my own template is a bit ancient and old-school now.

So we're in synch here!

Clean look. Easy to read. You have the gift of being able to impart great depth of knowledge in everyday terms that the layman can follow. That's obviously your skill as a public speaker coming to the fore - and as a public speaker myself, I can see your clarity of focus immediately.

You're not dull or boring. The hair-dryer post was an eye-opener and so too was the stroke information. I'd like to see some ``handy hints'' - for example, what do you do when it appears someone is having a stroke.

I'd like to see some more graphic/ design elements on your site. But you utilise bold fonts and ``creative white space'' very well.

A great start, by someone who cares deeply about the subject. I also like the way you have brougt together many threads of healing/ medicine under your generous umbrella.

Stay in touch and if you have specific question, just buzz me at http://david-mcmahon.blogspot.com/ and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy blogging

David aka aussiejourno

COLORADO BOB said...

Nice site toni off to a good start.
You got a better pedigree than me, but mine's longer.