A STAFF MEMBER WILL CONTACT YOU BY PHONE BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED SURGERY REGARDING:
- Time of arrival
- Medical history including medications and allergies
- Special instructions
- Insurance information
Please call us between 9:00am and 3:00pm at 440-998-0000 if you have not been contacted one day prior to surgery.
Before Your Surgery »
- You must arrange to have a responsible adult transport you home and stay with you for 24 hours following your surgery.
- It is important that your stomach be empty for surgery. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that you do not eat or drink anything (including water, candy, gum, and cigarettes) after midnight on the night before surgery unless directed by one of our staff members. It is very important for these instructions to be followed or your surgery may be delayed or cancelled.
- If you are on blood thinners, including aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), you will likely need to discontinue them. Please check with your surgeon.
- No alcohol or cigarettes 24 hours prior to surgery.
- If you develop a cold, sore throat or infection prior to surgery, please contact your primary care physician.
- Stock your refrigerator with things you may want to eat or drink following surgery.
- If you need an interpreter, please notify the nurse during your pre-operative phone call.
- We encourage you to prepare questions you may want to ask prior to the day of surgery.
Day of Surgery »
- Limit visitors to 1 person in patient care areas.
- Please bring the following items if you use them:
- Glasses/case (no contacts)
- Hearing aid
- Remove ALL body piercings and jewelry. Leave at home along with any valuables.
- Avoid wearing heavy makeup, especially eye makeup.
- You may brush your teeth the morning of surgery.
- Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that you can easily change into, considering you may have a bulky bandage.
- The Surgery Center does not allow latex balloons.
- The Surgery Center is a weapons free facility.
Registration/Pre-Operative Admitting »
After you have registered, you will be escorted to one of our pre-operative rooms. During this time, a nurse will prepare you for surgery. We will provide you with a patient gown and slippers. An anesthesia provider will also meet with you to discuss the type of anesthesia you will have.
Occasionally, surgery may be delayed due to circumstances beyond our control. Should delays occur, we will keep you informed.
After you have met with all the appropriate members of the health care team, you will be escorted back to the operating room. Your caregiver will need to remain in the visitor waiting area during your surgery in case a team member needs to contact them. When the operation is complete, the surgeon will meet with your caregiver to discuss the surgery. A Parent or guardian is required to stay at the Surgery Center for any patient that is a minor.
After Surgery »
- Your recovery time depends on the type of surgery you have. Our nurses will explain your expected individual recovery course to you and your caregiver.
- Home instructions will be explained to you and a responsible adult prior to discharge.
- You will receive a follow up call on the next business day from a Surgery Center team member regarding your recovery process. If you have any immediate needs or concerns, please follow the instructions on your discharge paperwork.
Advanced Directives »
Patients have a right under Ohio law to execute advance directives such as Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions. The Ashtabula Surgery Center can provide you with official State advance directive forms. Additional information regarding advance directives for the State of Ohio is available at: www.olrs.ohio.gov/topic-advance-directives.
If you have executed an advance directive, please bring your most recent copy to the Ashtabula Surgery Center on the day of your procedure. As a patient at the Surgery Center you have the right to make informed decisions regarding your care. These include the right to consent, to reject and to withdraw consent for medical procedures. Please note it is the policy of the Ashtabula Surgery Center to resuscitate the patient until care can be transferred to an acute care facility. If made available, a copy of your advance directive documents will accompany you upon transfer of your care.
If you have any questions regarding the Ashtabula Surgery Center’s advance directive policy please call 440-998-0000 and ask to speak to the Director of Nursing.
Patient’s Rights & Responsibilities »
- To considerate and respectful care in a safe setting that provides appropriate privacy.
- To voice grievances without being subjected to discrimination or reprisal.
- To the degree known, receive complete and current information concerning your diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. The patient will be informed of the physician by name that is responsible for coordinating their care.
- To receive information necessary from their physician and the Surgery Center to give informed consent prior to the start of any procedure.
- To be involved in care planning and treatment. The patient will be informed of the Surgery Center’s policy regarding advanced directives prior to your procedure.
- To request or refuse treatment and to be informed of the medical consequences of your request.
- To have the opportunity to grant or deny permission for the presence of individuals not directly involved in your care. Patient information and records will be treated confidentially and will only be disclosed with proper authorization except when required by law.
- To change physicians if another qualified physician is available. Physician credentials will be made available upon request.
- To a reasonable response (within capacity) of the Surgery Center to request for patient services. Upon necessity to transfer to another facility, the patient will receive a full explanation of the need for the transfer.
- To obtain information concerning relationships of the Surgery Center to other healthcare or teaching institutions and regarding physician financial interest or ownership.
- To expect reasonable continuity of care and provision for care after discharge.
- To receive an explanation of the Surgery Center bill regardless of source of payment.
- To the best of the patient’s ability, provide prior and current health information including medical and surgical history, allergies or sensitivities, and home medications to those caring for you.
- To follow the treatment plan prescribed and inform providers of anticipated problems following the home care instructions.
- To provide a responsible adult for transport upon discharge remaining with the patient for twenty-four hours (24) following discharge.
- To report complications to your healthcare provider after discharge.
- To inform the physician and Surgery Center of executed advance directives.
- To accept financial responsibility for charges not covered by insurance.
- To be respectful of all health care providers and staff, as well as other patients and visitors.
- To follow Surgical Center posted signs and rules.
Grievance Procedure »
Patients receive a questionnaire at the time of discharge giving the patient the opportunity to share comments regarding their care at the Surgery Center. If a patient would like to file a formal complaint, he/she can do so by forwarding a written or verbal explanation of the grievance to the address provided below. The patient may also access the office of the Medicare Beneficiary Ombudsman at: www.medicare.gov.
If you have questions regarding the Surgery Center grievance policy please contact the Ashtabula Surgery Center Administrator.