Hi my name is Julie and i am currently trying to write an essay on preoperative visiting. Can anyone help me? Do you carry this out in your hospital? how well does it work. I would be very grateful for any information you can give me.
Many thanks Julie
Jun 8, '04
Purplemania, I think you are being a little hard... the post has only been up for half an hour!!
I think what is being referred to is the chance for a patient to visit your unit during a pre-op visit so that they have an idea of where they are staying.
Certainly in paediatrics this is not uncommon, especially for large, long stay operations. It gives the patient a chance to get to know the staff, see what facilities there are at ward level, get to know the noises and smells etc, and also talk to some of the staff (and maybe the other patients). I used to do this with patients coming to our ward for spinal fusions, and now that I work on PICU we routinely invite pre-op patients to the unit so that they can understand what will happen to them. It all comes under the umbrella of patient preparation and I haven't heard any negative comments from the patients (or families) who have had this experience.
Hope this has been of some help.
Last edit by UK2USA on Jun 8, '04