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Published on April 06, 2015

Safety first: Special unit at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital helps patients prepare for surgery

There are many steps to successful surgery. And some of the most important are those taken right before you enter the operating room (OR).

Staff members at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital’s Short Procedure Unit (SPU) make sure you don’t take those steps alone.

“You can be assured that the staff here at the SPU will provide the start of a process that ensures safety and comfort when preparing for a surgical procedure,” says Nicole Yerger, MS, MSN, CNOR, Director of Perioperative Services at Mercy Fitzgerald.

What you can expect

  • Help completing outstanding paperwork
  • A physical assessment from a nurse, often including a review of lab work, vital signs and allergies

After surgery and time in the recovery area, you return to the SPU. At this time, you will:

  • Get a complete assessment
  • Go over discharge instructions
  • Receive ordered medications from the pharmacy for a small fee prior to leaving
  • Rejoin family members

“Patients really appreciate the time that the staff spends with them to go over any questions that they have,” Yerger says. “We make sure everything has been reviewed and is appropriate before we send the patient home.”

In addition to helping surgical patients, the unit can be there for you in a number of other ways with:

  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Interventional radiology

Find peace of mind

“It can be scary having a procedure done,” Yerger says. “But the SPU team can help ease your concerns.”

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