Registering on the day of surgery is very important. It helps the system determine who you are, whether you are the correct person getting surgery and that there will be payment for services. Today it is likely you will receive a call from the hospital’s admitting office days before surgery to confirm key information.
Once a patient is registered they will be taken to an area where they will be prepared for surgery. This area has many names such as pre-op or surgicare. This area is run by a team of nurses whose sole purpose is to prepare the patient for surgery. Once they identify the patient and confirm the diagnosis and procedure they will begin their task.
While you are prepared for surgery by nursing personnel you will likely receive a visit from the anesthesiologist and a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). The purpose for this visit will be to review any previous evaluations and testing recently completed during your evaluation process. This would include your lab work, EKG, chest x-ray and any consultations.