Your Safety is Our Priority
- Department of:
- Adena Regional Medical Center
If you or a loved one is facing surgery, you probably have questions. And that’s OK. Surgery—no matter what type—should always be taken seriously. Here at Adena, your safety is our top priority.
Protecting Your Safety
While you can rest assured that your Adena surgical team is doing everything it needs to do to ensure your safety and excellent outcome, there are some steps you can take to help:
- Complete an up-to-date medication record and bring this to the hospital with you. We will check your record to avoid any adverse drug interactions.
- Talk to your anesthesiologist. Anesthesia is a very important part of your surgery, and our anesthesiologists will take every step possible to ensure your safety. They will talk with you before your surgery, maybe even while you are still at home, to understand your health history and make sure they know about possible allergies or reactions. Your anesthesiologist will explain the type of anesthesia that will be used and how that will affect you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make sure you feel comfortable with the procedures.
- Stop smoking. Whether your surgery is a day, a week or a month away, stopping smoking has immediate and long-term benefits. Lung capacity and wound healing both improve the longer you go without smoking.
- Control your blood sugar. If you have diabetes, eating a healthy diet and managing your blood sugars closely prior to surgery will aid in a safer and faster recovery. Be sure your surgeon knows you are diabetic and bring your medications with you to the hospital.
- Get help. While you are in the hospital, ask your family and friends to help ensure your safety by taking these precautions:
a. Limit the number of visitors and the time they spend with you. Rest is one of the best ways to help the body heal after surgery.
b. Ask visitors to not come to the hospital if they are sick with a cold, flu or any type of infectious condition.
c. Ask all visitors to wash their hands when they enter your room. Whether they touch you or not, they will be touching chairs, beds and other items in your room. Washing their hands is a simple yet proven way to reduce the threat of infection.
- Rest. Try to come to your surgery well rested, which will help your body mend even faster.
What to bring
You should bring only essential items with you to the hospital. Please leave all valuables, including jewelry and most cash at home. You may wish to bring:
- Personal hygiene items that you prefer.
- Robe and a pair of non-slip slippers.
- Small items that bring you comfort such as a photo, book or magazine.
- Your cell phone and charger.
- Your glasses and/or contact lenses and appropriate solutions.
- Dentures, case and cleaning solution.
Documents you should bring:
- Your health insurance card(s). If you are covered by more than one insurance policy, please bring a card for each policy. If your surgery is due to an on-the-job injury, please bring your worker's compensation information, including billing address and claim number.
- Picture identification, such as a driver's license or state ID card.
- A credit card or a check for any co-payment that is required by your insurance.
- A list of your medications , dosage amounts, and the frequency with which you take them.
- A copy of any advance directives, including your Living Will and Medical Durable Power of Attorney. You can download Ohio advance directive forms and learn more at Caring Connections.
Surgeries We Provide
Adena has more than 40 experienced surgeons on staff, performing more than 10,000 inpatient, outpatient and same day surgical procedures each year.
Our skilled surgeons perform procedures at Adena Regional Medical Center, Adena Greenfield Medical Center, Adena Pike Medical Center, Adams County Regional Medical Center and Highland District Hospital. We offer procedures comprising the entire breadth of surgical sub-specialties, providing the most suitable traditional (open), minimally invasive, and robotic-assisted surgeries.
Surgery specialties available at Adena Health System include:
- Robotic-assisted Surgery
- Cardiac (Heart)
- Colon and Rectal
- ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat)
- Oral/Maxillofacial and Dental
- Medical and cosmetic plastic surgery
Commitment to Quality
We are continually implementing new techniques that have been proven to decrease key measures such as infection rates, falls, and re-admissions to the hospital. You can learn more about these efforts and how we’re doing by reading our Quality and Patient Safety section. On those pages, you can link to our clinical quality e-book and link to government websites that measure our performance.
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We offer a variety of departments at our many locations throughout southern Ohio. From primary care to specialty departments; we want to help you get better quicker.
Our facilities are located throughout southern Ohio to make it easier for you to find outstanding and convenient care, close to home.