Prior to surgery or diagnostic treatment, it is necessary to qualify the patient for the use of anaesthetics, which takes place during a pre-surgery visit. The visit must be arranged with the indicated anaesthesiologist by phone within approximately 14 days before the scheduled date of surgery. For the visit, it is necessary to bring the completed pre-anaesthesia questionnaire, which is used to gather information on the basis of which it will be possible to choose the most favourable anaesthetic procedure. Filling out the questionnaire accurately and completely will increase your safety during anaesthesia. Each question relates to certain risks of anaesthesia (comorbid conditions and past diseases, current medications and remedies, allergies, addictions). Please answer the following questions carefully. Any doubts will be explained by the anaesthesiologist during the consultation. Please prepare medical records concerning the possible prior treatment for review (hospital discharge summary reports, medical certificates, etc.).
On the day of surgery, please remember:
- Medication which you take every day should be taken at the usual time with just one sip of ordinary boiled water, unless your doctor has recommended otherwise. If in doubt, please contact the anaesthesiologist. Please also bring the medications you take with you to the hospital.
- Do not eat anything for 6 hours and drink fluids (water, tea, apple juice) for 4 hours prior to anaesthesia - this is to prevent complications (this reduces the risk of vomiting and gastric contents entering the airways).
- Infants cannot be fed for 4 hours before surgery.
- Do not chew gum, eat candy or drink carbonated beverages (even after "degassing").
- Do not smoke cigarettes.
- Do not use makeup (or wash it off before the surgery).
- Wash off nail polish. Remove all earrings, rings, anklets, necklaces (and best left them at home). Please bring your completed pre-anaesthesia questionnaire and the results of the required tests or consultations.
- Regarding patients discharged on the day of surgery:
- Arrange the assistance of an adult who will take you home. Arrange a suitable means of transport (car, taxi) for yourself and your child.
- Very important! For 24 hours after the end of anaesthesia, the patient should remain under the care of an adult.