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901 Olive Drive, Bakersfield, California 93308

Tel: 661-215-7500

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Surgery Guidelines

Admissions:
 
  • Upon admission, you will be asked to provide all current medications you take, including over-the-counter medications such as aspirin and herbals. Upon admission, you can expect to provide any known drug/food allergies. If the medication you receive at the hospital looks different than what you expected, ask the nurse about it.

  • Expect to be asked to state your name and have your wristband checked as two forms of identification before receiving any medication. The information will be compared to the name on the order and to the medication that is to be given.

  • Upon discharge, the Continuum of Care list should be shared with your primary provider.

 

 

 

 

Pre-Surgery:

 

  • Your physician will have likely given you directions for you to follow prior to your surgery.  It is very important that you follow them.

  • The following are general guidelines for surgical admissions.

  • Prior to surgery—understand your insurance coverage

  • The hospital will verify benefits and pre-certify your procedure with your insurer. However, it is your job to fully understand your insurance benefits prior to your procedure. If you have MEDICARE, please ensure that you are currently enrolled at the time of your surgery.

  • Do not eat or drink anything (including water, chewing gum or candy) after midnight prior to your procedure. Do not smoke for at least 12 hours before your procedure.

  • You should bring your Hospital insurance card(s) and a current list of medication(s) you are taking.

 

 

 

 

Day of Surgery:

 

  • We have a visitor’s lounge near the operating areas for family and friends. Due to limited seating, we advise only one or two persons per patient. We also have additional seating available in our lobby area at the front entrance.