Prepare for Admission
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The first step involved in your admission is to complete the pre-admission and pre-operative assessment forms and fax them to (07) 3832 3247 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org If your admission date has not been confirmed, please answer “not known” to the question.
You will need to nominate a telephone number on your admission form where the nurse can ring you on the last working day prior to your surgery between 9am and 3:30pm. This is to confirm your admission time and discharge arrangements.
You are advised to check your private health insurance cover before admission. Any fees or excess not covered by your health fund will be payable on the day of surgery. Please contact our office should you require more information about charges on (07) 3307 3243.
Partnering with you – let us know how you are feeling
You and your relatives have a vital role to play in your care. If you feel something is wrong, we want to take action as soon as possible. An important role for you during your stay is to let us know if you are not feeling well. We ask you and your carers to tell us of any concerns and ask us any questions you may have, so we can work together to look after you.
Caring for you – let us know if you need extra support
If you have a visual, hearing, physical, speech or cognitive impairment please advise us on your Pre-Admission Form and tell our nurses during your pre-admission phone call. You need to tell us:
- What your impairment or disability is
- Any additional support you or your carer may need
- Any special equipment you may require
- Any other information you feel is relevant to help us provide you with the care you need
By giving us all these details we can ensure that we offer all the additional support and information you may need.
We are committed to ensuring your safety while at Spring Hill Specialist Day Hospital. Hand hygiene, good housekeeping, and adherence to professionally recognised standards and guidelines all contribute to your recovery and reducing the risk of infection.
Patients and their carers have a role to play in reducing the risk of infection to themselves and other patients. Good hygiene is the most important way to avoid infection, and hand hygiene is particularly important. It is important for everyone, including doctors, patients and visitors to clean their hands. Alcohol based hand rubs are a very effective form of hand hygiene and are located throughout the facility. We encourage patients and visitors to use these.
We request that people with influenza, gastroenteritis or other contagious illnesses do not come to the Day Hospital.
Many factors contribute to an increased risk of falling while in hospital for people of all ages. Reasons for increased risk of falls include:
- Unfamiliar surroundings
- Medical conditions
- Poor balance
- Feeling unwell
- Low blood pressure
- Poor eyesight
- Unsafe footwear
If you have a history of falls or feel you may be at risk, please advise the nurses during your pre-admission telephone call so we can be prepared to care for you appropriately. Your admitting nurse will also assess your level of risk during your admission. There are a number of precautions you can put in place to reduce the chance of a fall:
- Ensure you have someone who can be relied upon to collect you and care for you overnight
- Bring any walking/mobility aids you require to the Day Hospital with you
- Bring your glasses to the Day Hospital with you
- Wear comfortable clothing that is not too long and low non-slip well fitting shoes.
- Take your time when getting up, particularly after your anaesthetic
- Always ask staff for assistance if you feel unsteady
Preventing blood clots
Blood clots in your legs or lungs can cause permanent injury and in rare cases death. As part of your care you will be assessed on your risk of developing a clot during pre-admission and on admission. Please advise the nursing staff if you are taking any medication to help prevent clots or have a history of blood clots.
In order to prevent blood clots, remember to:
- Wear compression stockings if advised to do so by your surgeon. You may be fitted with a pair upon your arrival at the Day Hospital, depending on what procedure you are having.
- Gently exercise your feet and legs while you are in bed
- Get out of bed, and up and moving as soon as possible
Preventing pressure areas
A pressure injury or ulcer is a sore, break or blister of the skin that occurs on an area of the body that has had the blood supply damaged by unrelieved pressure. Please advise the nurses if you have any of the following signs as it may indicate that you could be susceptible to a pressure injury, and will allow the staff to implement necessary preventative actions:
- Red/purple/blue skin colour
- Dryness or dry patches
- Shiny areas of skin
- Cracks, calluses, wrinkles
- A burning sensation in areas such as heels
In order to prevent pressure areas:
- Keep your skin clean and dry at all times
- Bathe and wash in warm water using a mild soap that doesn’t dry out the skin
- Use a moisturising lotion to prevent your skin drying out
- Avoid vigorous massage or rubbing the skin as this can damage the underlying tissue
- Inspect your skin for any signs of redness that doesn’t go away, any broken or blistered skin, localised pain, tingling or numbness.
- Avoid sitting or lying in one position for extended periods of time without moving
There are a number of strategies that the staff will use if they assess you to be at risk of pressure injuries. If you are having your procedure under sedation and are responsive to instruction, staff may ask you to change position, if you are able to do so, during your surgery. They may use extra support and gel padding to protect the vulnerable areas of your body during surgery. In addition, staff will actively assist you to mobilise post-operatively, to relieve any undue pressure on your body.