The Surgery Department provides surgical services for both outpatients and inpatients. Individualized care is provided based on the physicians’ orders and the RN’s assessment of the patients’ psychological, and sociological needs. Patients range from birth to geriatric age levels.
The Surgery Department is staffed from 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Two call teams are available for after hours, weekends and holidays for emergency surgeries.
Our Surgical Services include 6 operating room suites (two of which are dedicated orthopaedic suites and one a dedicated ophthalmology suite). There is a lithotripsy/minor surgery suite, urology suite, and state of the art Hybrid Operating Room. The Hybrid O.R. suite provides our community with the most updated equipment to assist our surgeons in completing complex vascular procedures and cardiac cauterizations. MCCH is first in the state to offer the RFID Surgical System identifying sponges, 4×4’s and towels with tiny radio frequency identification to assure that there is nothing left behind following your surgical procedure. We have scored in the 99% on our core measures, assuring you will be receiving the quality and safety you deserve.
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:
- Cardiac Catheterization
- ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat or Otolaryngology)
- General and Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery
- Obstetrics / Gynecology (OB/GYN)
- Oral & Maxillofacial
We do not provide cardiac (heart), spine, or intracranial procedures at MCCH. All surgical procedures are done in the O.R. Suite with the exception of cesarean births. They are done by the O.R. staff in a dedicated Obstetrical surgical suite in Labor & Delivery. Our facility follows AORN (Association of periOperative Nurses) guidelines and recommendations for best practice. We have a strong commitment to provide our community with quality care they deserve with a focus on patient safety.
Anesthesia is used during surgery to minimize the pain during the procedure. MCCH has an Anesthesiologist and CRNA’s (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) who provide anesthesia for our patients. Their services include:
- General Anesthesia makes you both unconscious and unable to feel pain during your procedure.
- Spinal Anesthesia is a form of regional block that numbs patients from the waist down. This is commonly used for lower extremity procedures and is extremely safe.
- Epidural Anesthesia is commonly used for Labor & Delivery patients and can be utilized for cesarean sections if needed.
- TIVA (Total Intravenous Anesthesia – formerly known as MAC – Monitored Anesthesia Care) allows you to breathe for yourself and keeps you unaware but arousable during your procedure.
- Regional blocks render a portion of a patient’s body insensitive to surgical pain. This is commonly used for hand or foot procedures.
- Local infiltration simply numbs an area of the body preventing pain from occurring while a surgical procedure is done.
P.A.C.U. POST ANESTHESIA CARE UNIT
The Post Anesthesia Care Unit provides 1:1 nursing care to patients that have received anesthesia. With children or patients that require additional care, 2 nurses may be assigned to the patient to provide the safest care. Arousal from anesthesia effects is a critical time for our patients. Our PACU nurses are specifically trained to quickly assess the needs of patients as they are emerging from anesthesia. While some patients do not ever remember their PACU nurse, some realize that a compassionate nurse has alleviated their pain with the appropriate amount of pain medication. Additionally, the PACU nurse will assist the anesthesia provider administer regional nerve blocks for some Total Joint Replacement prior to surgery. We follow the ASPAN (American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses) guidelines which is the golden standard for PeriAnesthesia nurses nationwide.
Perioperative Services Department provides surgical care for both inpatients and outpatients. Individualized care is based upon the physicians orders and the RN’s assessment of the patient’s needs. Our professional staff is highly efficient and trained in the latest surgical techniques and medical care. MCCH’s goal is to provide a comfortable, caring environment while focusing on quality and patient safety. Every patient, every time. Following the guidelines for recommended practice from The Joint Comission, we are proud to share that we are accredited through 2020.
The department is staffed from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays). Two call teams are available to cover emergency surgery after hours, on weekends, and on holidays.
The Sterile Supply department plays a significant role within the Perioperative Department. They decontaminate equipment, instruments and supplies using ultrasonic, manual and mechanical cleaning processes. Once clean, these items are inspected, assembled and packed into trays to prepare for the sterilization process. The sterilization process is next in progression. This process takes several hours to complete and is evaluated for accuracy every day. Once sterilization is achieved, the trays are inspected as they are placed in storage for use during surgery. Every package and tray processed has a chemical indicator within their package to assure sterility before it is passed to the sterile table.
Whether it’s a Total Joint Replacement, Laparoscopic procedure or Tonsillectomy, most patients scheduled for surgery will be asked to come for a pre-admission visit. Click here to learn more about Pre-Admission Testing.
The Outpatient Surgery Center provides patient care during the pre-operative and post-operative period of an individual’s outpatient surgery visit. The Center also provides services for same-day admission surgery patients, arteriograms and cardiac catheterizations. The Center is staffed from 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Outpatient surgery Center is equipped for a total of 25 patients care areas. It is designed for patient privacy and each room is equipped for patient monitoring, oxygen and suction if needed. Each room features a flat screen television. The Center provides care for patients of all ages.
Types of anesthesia services include:
- IV Regional
- Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC)
The Outpatient Surgery Center prepares patients for various types of surgical, diagnostic cardiac procedures. Family members are an integral part of the care for the patient population in the outpatient setting and are encouraged to take part in the planning, preparation and post surgical care of the patient.
The Outpatient Surgery Center is located on the Second Floor of the South Tower with the entrance from the main elevators through the Surgical Waiting Room. The registration desk is located in the South Tower Main Lobby for registering of patients for outpatient surgery, same day surgery, and Cardiac Cath patients. The family waiting area is adjacent to the Outpatient unit and a public restroom is located in this area. Telephones are available for family members in the waiting area.
POST ANESTHESIA CARE UNIT
The Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) provides recovery services for anesthetized patients. The PACU has 13 patient care areas with full monitoring capabilities and continuous observation. Any patient that has received sedation/analgesia or anesthetic agents may be admitted to the PACU for monitoring as deemed necessary by a physician/surgeon and or anesthetist.
The PACU is located within the Surgery Department on the Second Floor in the South Tower.