Surgical admission, operating room and discharge

Surgical admission, operating room and discharge

After registering at the registration desk in the main lobby at Markham Stouffville Hospital, the registration clerk will show you how to get to the family waiting room.

The Surgical Admission and Discharge Unit (SADU)

Your surgical navigation liaison nurse will meet you there and bring you to the Surgical Admission and Discharge Unit (SADU).

Please wear hospital approved clothing to the operating room. All jewellery must be removed and personal clothing/valuables will be secured in a locker. The SADU nurse will review your vital signs and reconfirm that you are ready for the surgery.

The nurse will also confirm that you have not had anything to eat or drink before the surgery, as previously instructed. The SADU nurse will help to alleviate any fears or anxieties you may have and will answer any questions. Depending on the type of surgery, patients may have an intravenous line (IV) started or be given preoperative pain medication.

You will be taken to the operating room (OR) holding area to be met by your surgical team. The surgeon, nurse and anaesthesiologist will do a final recheck of your paperwork and may ask many of the same questions that the SADU nurse has asked. Once the OR is prepared, the OR nurse will take you into the OR suite, where you will be introduced to any OR members that you have not yet met.

The operating room at Markham Stouffville Hospital

You will be escorted by one of our registered nurses to your operating room. The room will have many different pieces of equipment including monitors to keep you safe and a bed. The nursing team will stay with you every step of the way as he or she helps you to the bed and provides you with a warm blanket. Monitoring equipment such as a blood pressure cuff will be used and an IV with warm saline will be started. You will hear the team completing safety checks including the surgical safety checklist. Your anaesthesiologist will provide you with the type of anaesthesia you need and will constantly monitor you during your surgery. Once your surgery is complete, you will be transferred to the Post Anaesthetic Discharge Unit (PACU).

The Post Anaesthetic Discharge Unit (PADU)

You will be greeted by a registered nurse who will stay with you and care for you as the anaesthetic clears your system. Our experienced nursing team will monitor your incision site and bandages and will make you as comfortable as possible while monitoring you for safety. Once you have recovered, you will be transferred to either the SADU or the Inpatient Surgery Unit to complete your recovery prior to going home.

After discharge

After your discharge, we will still be with you every step of your journey. You can expect to receive a postdischarge telephone call in the days after you go home. You will also be informed of any follow-up appointments in our Surgical Wellness Clinic and our surgical clinics.