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Published on April 06, 2015

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

surgeryThere 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 Philadelphia Hospital’s Short Procedure Unit (SPU) make sure you don’t take those steps alone.

“The SPU gets patients ready for the OR and helps ensure they’re safe and comfortable,” says Linda Fleming, RN, Director of Perioperative Services and Medical/Surgical Services at Mercy Philadelphia. “Throughout your visit—from registration to discharge—patients will be asked for their name and birth date.” These checks help ensure patient safety.

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

In addition to helping surgical patients, the SPU can help in a number of other ways. For patients who need:

  • Blood transfusions
  • Special antibiotics
  • Certain gastrointestinal treatments 

Find peace of mind

“Waiting to go to the OR can make you anxious and nervous,” Linda says. “But the team here can help ease your concerns.

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