OR Nurses,can you share your Pre-OP patient interview routine? Do you tell the patient the room will be cold ? Do you tell the patient you will be placing leads and/or monitors on them (even though anesthesia or the CRNA already educated the patient about the monitors)? What do you routinely review with the patient ? I am aware of the consent,blood consent,allergies,etc. But I would appreciate if anyone can share your entire routine,interaction with the patient and patient education that you do routinely.thanks.
introduce myself, check id band, ask them to verify their procedure, npo status, any metal in body, any dentures, contact lenses or piercings that need to come out, ask them who will be waiting for them or is their a number they want the doc to have to call after surgery, sometimes i give a quick run down of what to expect inside the OR---monitors, stickers, etc....give them my best estimate of how long it will take for them to get back to the room to get started, of course, first thing i do is check for h&p and consent (but that doesnt involve them)... and of course i ask if they have any allergies, if so what does said allergy cause them....i explain they will see me in the or, i will just have a mask up like everyone else
pretty much it!!!! i (we) dont get into complete assessments, i dont ask if they do drugs, or what meds they are on at home, that is anesthesias domain.....
lots of times if it is on the fly, ie: i had no time to do an interview in holding...its just basics...allergies, npo, metal in body, dentures/peircings /contact lenses, have them verify procedure....and thats it...alll while helping them onto the OR table!!!
Last edit by RNOTODAY on Sep 8, '11