In consultation with your attending physician, you have decided to have an operation or an examination. You will be admitted to a nursing ward for this. Below you will find information about the process that you will follow from the preparation room of the operating ward until you are back in the nursing ward.
At various times during your admission, healthcare providers will ask you a number of control questions. Based on the safety checklist, you will be asked for your name and date of birth, which operation you will have and, if necessary, on which side of the body (left or right) you will be operated. The wristband is also checked. These questions are asked repeatedly to ensure your safety and to ensure that all available medical information about you is correct.
You will be given a surgical gown in the nursing ward. Jewellery, any dentures and hearing aids must be removed.
To the operating department
The nurse will take you and any family member or relative with a bed to the preparation room of the operating ward.
Your companion may stay with you until you are picked up to go to the operating room. You will be prepared for the operation and assisted on the operating bed.
You will be given a blanket, because the ambient temperature in the operating room is deliberately low (18 to 20 degrees) to reduce the risk of infections.
If you receive a local anesthetic (for example an epidural), the anesthetist may already apply it in the preparation room.
You may have to wait a while for an OR team member to pick you up.
Before you go to the operating room, your details will be checked (safety check) and your wristband will be scanned to register your name.
Who will you meet in the operating room?
The nurse anesthetist, the anesthesiologist, the operating assistants, the surgeon(s) and the physician assistant are present in the operating room. The anesthetist will prepare you for the anesthesia. You will be given an IV and will be connected to the surveillance monitor. The surgeon then checks your data again (safety check). When you are asleep or when the anesthetic has taken effect, the surgeon will start the operation or examination.
After the operation
After the operation, the surgical assistant will take care of your wound and the anesthetist will wake you up. You may not experience this consciously. The monitoring equipment will be disconnected and you will be taken back to your nursing ward. If you go to the Intensive Care Unit, this has been discussed with you in advance or it was decided during the operation that you still need more monitoring.
After an operation on a child, the anesthesiologist wakes him up from anesthesia and takes him to Recovery. As a parent/guardian, you will be informed about this by telephone and you can visit your child in the nursing ward.
Back to the department
Your healing process depends on your procedure and situation. After discharge in the operating room, you will be picked up by the nurse and taken back to the nursing ward.