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For Patients Having Procedures or Injections

Perioperative Services Department

Thank you for choosing Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham (BID-Needham) for your procedure. We encourage you to talk with your providers to make sure your stay with us is as comfortable as possible. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can best meet your needs.

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham is an acute-care, family-centered community hospital. We will naturally include your family in your care as much as you would like them involved. We do ask that you designate one specific family member with whom we can regularly communicate.

Pre-Procedure Preparation

Once your procedure is scheduled, you will be given a time to report to the hospital on the day of your procedure. Changes in the schedule do happen from time to time, so please be sure to contact your doctor's office the day before your scheduled procedure to confirm what time you should arrive the next day. Please also use this opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your procedure.

Prior to the procedure you will receive a Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham Minor Local Medication Reconciliation -often called an MLMR - sheet . Please fill in the shaded area with all the medications you currently take at home and bring the form with you when you come to the hospital for your procedure.

If you are having a pain injection, you cannot drive yourself home. Please be sure to arrange for someone you know to drive you home. You cannot use a taxi in this case.

Check-In

As you enter the main patient entrance door on the ground floor of the hospital (off the patient parking lot), please take your first right, follow the sign that says Neurology/Spine Center, and check in with the medical assistant.

Do not bring anything of value when you check in for surgery. Please do not wear any jewelry (including wedding rings and watches) to the hospital. They will need to be removed before your procedure begins. We will be happy to store your clothes and other belongings that are not valuable while you are a guest with us.

One of the nurses will ask you to state your name and date of birth while checking your name band. We will review your chart, take your vital signs, and make sure you are warm and comfortable. Your doctor will review your consent form and your procedure site. When these steps have been completed, members of our staff will transport you to the procedure room.

Your Identity

Please expect various members of your health care team to check your name, medical record number, and date of birth on your ID band several times throughout your stay. Two patients can have the same name, but no one else will also have your medical record number and date of birth. Also, please expect several members of your health care team to ask the same questions about allergies and pertinent medical information. This is for your protection.

Work Together With Your Team 

  • Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have. All conversations are confidential. The information you provide is crucial to making sure the right decisions are being made regarding your procedure.
  • Bring a list of your allergies and medications, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, nutritional supplements, vitamins, and herbal products whenever you visit your physician or the hospital.
  • Remember to mention tobacco habits, and drug and alcohol use. These can affect your body even more than doctor-prescribed drugs.
  • Do not hesitate to ask:
    • How long will the procedure take?
    • What will happen after my procedure is finished?
    • How will you manage any pain I may have?
    • Who will contact my family with my status?
  • Never be afraid to ask questions and share information with your providers. It will help ensure that your health care team has all the information it needs to make the best decisions about your care.

Your Recovery

Your procedure will be performed by your doctor, assisted by a dedicated team of perioperative nurses, and radiology technologists. At the conclusion of your procedure, our staff will transport you from the procedure room to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) or recovery room, where our nursing staff will care for you until you are fully recovered.

Visitors

Because of the intense nature of the activity in the PACU, we do not allow visitors unless patient needs dictate a family visit. The PACU nursing staff will make these decisions on a case-by-case basis.

Your family is welcome to wait in our surgical waiting area, located adjacent to the PACU, until you are ready to go home or move to a hospital room. This is where your doctor will go to update your family representative (if appropriate) about your condition.

Day Surgery Patients/Returning Home

When you are well enough to leave the recovery area the nursing staff will first review your discharge instructions and any medication you will be taking postoperatively.

We hope you find this information helpful. We welcome your comments and suggestions. It is our way of making sure you are always receiving the best care in a comfortable and caring environment

We wish you a very good experience and continued good health. Thank you for choosing Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham!

Our Team

  • Penny Greenberg, RN, Director of Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety
  • Holly C. Sousa, RN, BSN, MS, CNOR, Clinical Nurse Manager, Perioperative Services
  • Patricia Masi, RN, Clinical Resource Nurse, Perioperative Services
  • All the dedicated nursing and support staff of the Perioperative Services Department

Contact Information

Spine Center at BIDMC-Needham
BID - Needham
148 Chestnut Street
Needham, MA 02492
617-754-9000
spinecenter@bidmc.harvard.edu