Pituitary Innovation and Teaching

Mary Anne Purdon - RN, Pre-Admission Facility

Video transcript

In the Pre-admission facility, we have many healthcare professionals working here: we have nursing staff, clerical staff, doctors, lab technicians, ECG technicians, a full radiology department, and a full-time pharmacist. The pharmacist helps us out with all of the medication histories and if we have problems with them or if we have patients with multiple drug allergies, they’re very helpful in our department. We also run our anesthesia, medicine, and endocrinology consults through our department for our patients here so the patient doesn’t have to leave the pre-admission department - everything is done here.

Hi, my name is Mary Ann and I am one of the nurses in the pre-admission facility. I just wanted to give you some information about what to expect on the day of your pre-admission appointment, so that you’re ready when you come here with your family member. Hopefully your family member or friend can come with you, because you can get a lot of information when you’re here in our department.

Every patient is given a pre-admission facility pamphlet when they come here to our hospital – it’s very important that you read it before you come and bring it with you on the day of pre-admission so that you know what to expect, what the nurses are going to be asking you, and how long you’re going to be here in the department. It also gives really good information to the patient, such as what to bring with them to the hospital – it is very important for them to bring their medications with them so we can make an accurate list of their medications. We also go through how to find out time of surgery, what to do before they come into surgery, and where to go on day of surgery.

This pamphlet is given to all patients who may be given a blood transfusion; it’s a way of educating the public on the different ways that are out there that people can receive a blood transfusion or can donate their own blood. We have a large blood conservation committee – a group of women that work here and they come down to our department if a patient wishes to donate their own blood before surgery. They come down to pre-admission, have a talk with them, and get that all set up.

This is our medication form – this is why we ask all patients to bring in their medications in their original containers - so we can make a very accurate list of the medications that they are on presently. That way, when the anesthesia or the endocrinology department comes in after us to see the patient, they can see whether or not the patient needs to stop taking the medication or continue on.

This is a piece of literature that is given to all patients. It’s from the department of anesthesia and they ask us to hand one to everyone. It talks about all the different types of anesthetics that are available at St. Michael’s Hospital and it’s a great way to educate the public on what is out there for them. It also talks about pain control and what we can do for them to help with pain control when they are in the hospital.

Another form that the nurses help the patients fill out is the pre-anesthetic questionnaire, which asks for all sorts of information about the patient’s medical history. It also talks about drug allergies and surgeries that they’ve had in the past. It’s a very good screening tool so that we can take a quick look at what the patient’s medical history is. We also do a nursing assessment on this side and it talks about home situation, what they need on discharge (because the discharge planning is on the back), and also, what support they have at home and what they may need when they leave our hospital.

This is a pamphlet that was made by the nurses on the neurotrauma floor. It’s very good for patients who will be going to that floor. It gives information on what to expect on the floor, who their healthcare members are, a visitor’s guide, and frequently asked questions.

In our department, we make a sheet like this that informs that patient what they’re going to have done in pre-admissions, so that patients aren’t leaving the department before everything has been done. We indicate that they’ll need blood work, X-rays, the types of specialists they’ll need to see, and who to check out with at the end of the day when they’re ready to go. To make sure everything has been done, they check out with one of our clerical staff before they leave.


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