Presurgical Checking (PST).
Before your surgery, you will have an appointment for presurgical screening (PST). The date, time, and location of your PST consultation will be printed on the appointment reminder from your surgeon's office.
You can eat and take your usual medications the day of your PST visit. Throughout your visit, you will consult with a nurse practitioner who works closely with anesthesiology staff (medical professionals and specialized nurses who will be providing you medication to put you to sleep during your surgery). She or he will review your medical and surgical history with you. You will have tests, consisting of an electrocardiogram (EKG) to inspect your heart rhythm, a chest x-ray, blood tests, and any other tests required to prepare your care. Your nurse practitioner may also advise you see other healthcare providers.
It is very practical if you bring the following with you to your PST consultation:
- A list of all the medications you are taking.
- Outcomes of any tests done outside of the hospital, such as a cardiac tension carotid, test, or echocardiogram doppler study.
- The name( s) and phone number( s) of your doctor( s).
At this consultation, speak with your nurse practitioner to ensure that you have an appointment to see the speech pathologist in the Speech and Hearing department. You need to have this appointment before your surgical treatment.
We advise you to complete one now if you have not currently finished a Health Care Proxy type. If you are unable to communicate for yourself, a health care proxy is a legal document that determines the person who will speak for you.
The individual you identify is called your health care agent. Talk with your nurse if you are interested in finishing a Health Care Proxy type. If you have actually finished one already, or if you have any other advance regulation, bring it with you to your next appointment.