Surgical Services

Preadmission Testing

Who needs Preadmission Testing (PAT)? 

All patients having surgery requiring anesthesia will need pre-screening in one of our Preadmission Testing (PAT) departments. If you do not attend, your surgery will likely be cancelled or postponed. We know your time is valuable, so we do our very best to be thorough but efficient during this visit. Our goal is to determine your fitness for a safe surgery, answer your questions and let you know what to expect pre and postoperatively, including how to manage pain or nausea, and what changes to a surgery site are worrisome as you recover. 

What to Expect:

Preadmisison testing usually lasts 45 – 60 minutes. At this appointment, we'll: 

  • Review your health history, past surgeries, medications and prior experience with anesthesia.
  • Perform a physical exam.
  • Take blood work, EKG, and urine sample.
  • Review your current medications. This will include what to stop taking before surgery, medications to continue taking until your surgery, and medications to take on the day of your surgery.
  • If you are on a blood thinner, we will ask if your cardiologist/physician knows you are having surgery and has advised you about stopping the blood thinner before surgery.
  • If you use a device for sleep apnea, we will give you instructions on bringing your equipment on the day of surgery.

To prepare for your PAT visit:

  • Arrive a few minutes before your appointment time. 
  • You do not need to fast.
  • Bring a list of all medications you take, including dose and how often taken. If easier for you, bring the bottles to your appointment.
  • Bring copies of Advance Directives (such as a living will or power of attorney).
  • If you have a cardiac device (pacemaker or defibrillator), bring your device ID card. Your device needs to have been checked within 6 months prior to surgery.
  • If you are accompanying a patient who has a legal guardian, bring legal documents.