What to expect
The Day Before Your Procedure
A day or two before your surgery, you will receive a phone call from Arkansas Surgical Hospital. We will confirm your scheduled appointment, remind you about preoperative instructions, and assign or confirm your arrival time.
Before You Arrive at Arkansas Surgical Hospital for Your Surgery
- Do not drink or eat anything after midnight. You may take heart, blood pressure, anti-seizure and/or stomach medications as directed by your physician. Take these medications with a small sip of water.
- Do not chew gum.
- Do not wear nail polish, jewelry, or makeup.
What to Bring With You
To make your admissions process as smooth as possible, be sure to bring:
- Driver’s license or another picture ID
- Social Security Number
- Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance cards
- Doctor’s orders or instructions
- Current prescription and over-the-counter medications. Please keep prescription medications in their original prescription bottles. If your physician has allowed you to continue taking your prescription medications during your stay, they will be kept in a locked room and administered to you by your nurse.
- Your Advance Directive, if you have one.
Personal Items TO BRING
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Brush or comb
- Special equipment, such as a CPAP Machine
What to Leave at Home
Please leave the following items at home. We are not responsible for lost or damaged valuables while in the hospital.
- Other valuables
- Prescription Pain Medication
Check in at the front desk. We will collect information for your procedure and your stay with us. Arkansas Surgical Hospital is legally obligated to keep your information confidential and secure. This facility complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). You must sign a release before we can share your medical records with any outside party.
Upon admission, you will be encouraged to sign up for YourCareEverywhereTM, a secure and convenient internet application that will allow you to access your health records at all times.
Family Communication Process
When you register for your procedure, you will be asked to provide a telephone number belonging to a family member or caregiver. This number will be used to convey updates about the progress of your surgery. It will also be used by your surgeon to provide a consultation after your procedure. Your family or caregiver may also go to the admissions desk at any time for an update on your status.
Post-Surgery Recovery (PACU)
After your surgery, you will be taken to the post-anesthesia care unit, or PACU. It is normal to feel ill, confused, or have trouble remembering things while you are recovering from anesthesia. Specialized recovery nurses will assess your condition and continuously monitor you until you are ready to discharge and go home. If you are staying with us overnight, you will be moved to your room in our Patient Care Unit.
Patient Care Unit (PCU)
When you arrive in the PCU for an in-patient stay, you will probably still be experiencing some of the effects from anesthesia. Once you are settled into your room, you will notice several items that we use to help keep you safe while you are in our hospital.
Above your head is a ceiling tile that says, "Call, Don't Fall." We use this as a reminder for you to call your nurse if you need to get up for any reason. We do not want you to risk a fall that could affect your surgery or harm you in any way.
You will also see a whiteboard in your room that staff will use to convey your daily plan. You will be assigned a Registered Nurse and a Patient Care Tech. You will also see members of the lab and physical therapy staff.
Our nursing team will work hard to manage your pain and keep you comfortable during your stay with us. You will need to tell your team how you are feeling so that your personal needs and pain management can be addressed.
It is important that you know what to do next when you are discharged from Arkansas Surgical Hospital, whether you are heading home or somewhere else to continue your care. Discharge information includes how and when to take your medications, information about medication side effects, pain management options, and physical activity limitations.
Discharge information is placed in your room early in your stay. When you receive it, please review it with the family member or caregiver who will be assisting you with your recovery after you leave. Be sure to note any questions you have. When it is time for you to leave the hospital, your nurse will go over the discharge instructions with you and answer your questions.
Everyone has a role in making healthcare safe: physicians, nurses, healthcare executives, and technicians. As a patient, you can also play a vital role in making your care safe by becoming an active, involved, and informed member of your healthcare team. Always answer medical history questions completely and honestly, and tell your doctors and nurses about your medicines and allergies. Speak up when you have questions and let us know if you are in pain. Finally, always follow your treatment and discharge instructions.
If you have any questions or concerns during your stay at our hospital, please contact your nurse, the nurse manager, or the administrative office at 501-748-8018.