Pre-admission testing (PAT) is an important part of the care you’ll receive if you’re having surgery (inpatient or ambulatory) at UHS. Some hospitals perform pre-admission testing in one appointment (UHS Wilson Medical Center and UHS Binghamton General Hospital do this), while others have you visit different hospital departments depending on which tests your doctor has ordered (UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital and UHS Delaware Valley Hospital do this).
Despite any differences in how PAT is performed, all pre-admission testing enables us to gather critical information about your medical and surgical history and provide you with important instructions on how to prepare for your upcoming surgery or procedure.
Typical elements of any PAT include the following:
- A registered nurse will perform a nursing assessment and provide you with pre- and post-operative information about your surgery/procedure.
- If you’ll be having general anesthesia, an anesthesiologist and/or nurse practitioner will review your medical and surgical history.
- You may be seen by other medical specialists who will work together with the other members of the team to prepare you for a safe surgical procedure.
- We will perform any diagnostic tests ordered by your physician. These tests vary depending on your medical history and the type of surgery you’re having, but may include any or all of the following:
- Vital signs
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
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