Patient Services

USPS was developed by hospital and clinical personnel to offer safe, high-quality surgical care

Admitting

In an effort to expedite the admission process, we have provided patient registration forms online so you may print and complete the forms at your convenience prior to your arrival. Once admitted, you will be provided with a welcome packet containing additional information to make your stay at USPS as enjoyable as possible.

Your USPS experience begins before you even arrive at our doors. A pre-admission testing Registered Nurse, working under the direction of one of our board certified physician anesthesiologists, will call you before your procedure to answer your questions and to learn about your medical condition and current medications. You will also be advised about which medications should be taken the morning of your surgery, when you should stop eating and drinking, and when you should arrive at the hospital.

If pre-admission testing is required, you will receive a call from our admitting nurse 2 weeks in advance to make necessary arrangements.

Patients will also receive a call outlining benefit coverage and outstanding dues that will be required upon admission.

Pre-Op / Recovery

We will prepare you for your surgery in the pre-op area where you will be informed about what to expect before and after your procedure. Our goal is to minimize any anxiety you may have by discussing the details of your visit.

After vital signs and health history are both obtained, an overall assessment will be made and an intravenous (IV) line may be started for pre-op medications. If needed, an EKG will be completed and any additional labs may be ordered.

You will then meet with the anesthesiologist. If indicated, a nerve block or regional anesthesia may be administered under conscious sedation.

Physician Anesthesiologist

A physician anesthesiologist will be present during your time in the pre-op holding area and during the beginning of your surgery, skillfully administering the anesthetic plan that has been formulated to best suit you and your surgeon’s needs.

For more information regarding anesthesiology, please visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists
website:http://www.asahq.org/Home/For-the-Public-and-Media or
http://www.lifelinetomodernmedicine.com/
.

Operating Room

The physicians practicing at USPSH perform an array of surgeries and procedures on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.Our board certified surgeons and MD anesthesiologists will care for you individually throughout your operation.You and your family will also benefit from a nurse-to-patient ratio that equals one nurse for every three patients.

Recovery / Post Anesthesia Care Unit

The Post-Anesthesia Care Unit is comprised of two phases:

Phase I is a calm environment, where you will emerge from anesthesia. Here we begin to address pain control, prevent and/or treat nausea and deliver warming therapies. The Aldrete Scoring System is used to evaluate your readiness to move to Phase II recovery, where we discuss home care and pain management instructions.

Inpatient Unit

The goal of our inpatient unit is to foster a quick recovery by managing your pain, keeping you comfortable, and informing you about what to expect during your stay at the hospital and when you return home.

Our one-to-three nurse-to-patient ratio allows our nurses to give you a lot of close attention and provide careful management of your pain. We work hard to prevent you from having to wait to have your needs met.

We will also spend plenty of time with you and your family so that everyone is well informed about your new medications and your post-operative care. As necessary, we will help you make arrangements for special equipment or at-home services to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.

Pharmacy / Lab

Our pharmacists are available to discuss the medications you are prescribed for your procedure and those you normally take at home.

Our pharmacy is readily available to deliver the same personal and accessible care that you will experience throughout the hospital. Our small setting enables us to get to know you so we can better serve you and meet your medication needs.

We will review your medications to check for potential drug interactions and will work with your doctor and healthcare team to make sure your regular medicines are continued throughout your stay. We will review all orders for medications and double-check them to make sure you receive the correct medication at the correct dose.

We are available day and night to offer guidance to the doctors and nurses on medication-related issues.