preoperative visiting

  1. 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
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  3. by   purplemania
    I do not understand what you mean by "visiting". Do you have nurses who go to people's homes before they are admitted for surgery? Or do you mean the nurse attends them in the hospital before surgery? Are the visits for the purpose of educating the client about what to expect, etc.? People who have same day surgery, and go home after recovery, are contacted afterwards by their physician/physician's staff. This is done via telephone. People who are admitted after surgery have a staff nurse attending them, of course. Please be more specific and you might get more responses.
  4. by   UK2USA
    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
  5. by   jjjulie
    Quote from jjjulie
    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
    Just for thoses people that have difficulty in understanding what i mean by preoperative visiting i am asking for any information on this subject. for example do you carry out any form of visiting patients in your hospital prior to surgery. If you do how do you go about it. Are patients given or sent a leaflet, does a member of staff visit patients a few days prior to their surgery or on the night before or even on the actual day of surgery. If it is carried out is it successful within your department . Do recovery nurses find patients easier to manage if they have been visited prior to having surgery.Are patients more relaxed if they are given more information regarding their trip to the theatre and recovery experience. Im looking for basically any information you can give me on this subject as every hospital has its own policies and proccedures. Your view as nurses, do you think it is a good idea. hope this explains a bit more of what i am looking for. i value all your comments good or bad. Many thanks jjjulie.
  6. by   jjjulie
    Quote from purplemania
    I do not understand what you mean by "visiting". Do you have nurses who go to people's homes before they are admitted for surgery? Or do you mean the nurse attends them in the hospital before surgery? Are the visits for the purpose of educating the client about what to expect, etc.? People who have same day surgery, and go home after recovery, are contacted afterwards by their physician/physician's staff. This is done via telephone. People who are admitted after surgery have a staff nurse attending them, of course. Please be more specific and you might get more responses.
    I have replyed to your question by adding a further thread hope this answers all your questions about what i am looking for. But yes i meant all of what you wrote above. so i think you did know what i meant. isnt that what visiting and pre operative mean a visit befor surgery! Any way thank you for your comments i have now added further information regarding this subject. jjjulie.
  7. by   jjjulie
    Quote from UK2USA
    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.
    Thank you for your comments they were of help to me. As i ve said any information is gratefully appreciated. Many thank for finding the time. jjjulie
  8. by   JoElle6
    Hi my name is Joe. I'm in my final year of nursing. I,m stuck on my last essay. Its a report about preoperative visiting in hospitals. I know you have done something on this. COULD YOU HELP PLEASE?
  9. by   jjjulie
    Quote from JoElle6
    Hi my name is Joe. I'm in my final year of nursing. I,m stuck on my last essay. Its a report about preoperative visiting in hospitals. I know you have done something on this. COULD YOU HELP PLEASE?
    Hi Joe, Yes i will give you any information you require just let me know what you are looking for and i will assist any way i can. I did an essay on the subject last year and have lots of info.Once i got my teeth into it i found it a very interestin subject. feel free to ask i will be glad to help you.

    Julie.
  10. by   JoElle6
    Hi Julie. Thanks for replying/ I'll let u know what info i need as soon as i get started. Thanks again.
  11. by   jjjulie
    Quote from JoElle6
    Hi Julie. Thanks for replying/ I'll let u know what info i need as soon as i get started. Thanks again.
    No problem i will look forward to hearing from you. Julie

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