OPERATING ROOM

Hospital Angeles has several operating rooms, an endosuite and a specially designed room for labor and delivery surgery, all of which have high-technology equipment and instruments, where the majority of known surgical procedures are performed.

We have highly trained personnel with the desire to provide the friendly and quality service that our patients deserve in this process of medical attention.

Get additional benefits when performing your pre-admission process; call our Budget department, at: 439.8717.

  • It is recommended that you come with a single family member.
  • Fast before surgery (do not eat or drink anything, including water, after 22:00 hours the day before your operation, or depending on the instructions of your physician).
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes when you visit Hospital Angeles Chihuahua.
  • Do not carry cell phones or pagers, as they may interfere with medical equipment.
  • Do not carry metallic items (watches, rings, chains, etc).
  • Remove dental prostheses and contact lenses.
  • Do not wear fingernail polish or makeup.
  • Bring your physician’s admission order and the results of the pre-operation studies.

If your physician has informed you of PRE-HOSPITAL ADMISSION benefits, it is easier for you to be admitted to the hospital, since that has helped us perform pre-operating lab exams on you in advance and with a 50% discount on them, reporting the requirements to enter the hospital, which makes strategically planning your entry possible and providing the attention that you deserve.

If you did not have this opportunity, we will briefly inform you of your admission process:

On the date scheduled for your operation, you must arrive on time at the Hospital Admission Department.

For your scheduled operation date, you must consider additional time for completing your admission process in the Outpatient Surgery Unit.  Please remember to bring your pre-operation studies that were done previously.

Beginning your surgery on time will depend on you arriving with all information or documentation required so that your admission process to be as quick as possible. Not having the necessary documents can cause your surgery to be delayed or postponed.

Please remember that you must bring the following:

  • The previously performed pre-operating studies.
  • The admission order that your treating physician gave to you.
  • Present an official identification with photo (voter ID, driver’s license or passport).
  • The medical expenses card, if applicable.

When you arrive, you must complete your registration process in the Admission area.

According to Hospital Angeles Chihuahua policies, we request a deposit for hospital expenses, based on the current table, which can be done with a credit card, check, or in cash, at the Admission Department. Promissory notes are also accepted, which will be returned once you pay off your account.

Once you have finished this procedure, one of our nurses will proceed to open your file and guide you on your process and assign your room, which will be done based on availability.  If due to room demand it is not possible to give you an immediate assignation, you will be informed by admission personnel and you may be temporarily sent to the hospital areas designated for such purposes.

Please do not bring valuables. Your room has a security box for items that you must bring with.

For your comfort and to make it easy for your family to find you after surgery, we would appreciate it if you stayed in the corresponding waiting room.

After your surgery, the treating physician will inform your family member(s) of the results.

Once the patient is discharged, and is back in his or her room, he or she will receive from the treating physician the post-operation indications and any necessary prescriptions.

The patient’s studies are returned and he or she is given a discharge notice, which is used to carry out the release procedure:

  • Make the hospitalization payment at the Cashier Department and ask for the exit seal.
  • Make the medical fees payment at the Physician Cashier and ask for the exit seal.

Patients may have the bill charged to their credit card, through the Voucher that they opened during registration, providing the name for billing (except in the case of companies with agreement).

As you leave the Hospital, you must give your exit pass to the security guard at the door.

You as a patient and/or family member play an important role, since you form part of this team as an active, involved, and informed member. That is why it is important you:

  • Know your rights as a patient.
  • Ask questions on your care and treatment.
  • Let us know if you have problems understanding what you are being told.
  • Check that all health personnel is wearing an identification badge; if the person is not wearing one, ask him or her to show it to you first before they give you any medicine or perform any procedure.
  • Check that your full name and date of birth are written on your identification bracelet and that they are not abbreviated. If you are allergic to any foods or medicine, you will receive a red bracelet, and if you have a moderate or high risk of falling, you will receive a yellow bracelet.

For invasive procedures or surgeries, carefully read the “Informed Consent” form.

Request the following information about your surgery or procedure:

  • What does it consist of?
  • How long does it last?
  • How long will it take for me to start feeling better?
  • What alternatives do I have?

If you have any questions on the terms on which you are being provided the information, please let your treating physician know so that he or she explains it better and so that you have no questions.

It is your right for your decision to quit or suspend the procedure or treatment to be respected, in which case you must sign the revocation in the Informed Consent form.

When you arrive at the place where the procedure will be performed, and before it occurs, you will be asked to show the marking of the surgical site and confirm the procedure that will be performed on you.

Medications.  Reconciliation of medications.

Check that both your physicians and nursing staff are aware of all medications that you are taking and the allergic reactions or discomforts that you have experienced before receiving any medication.  Also ask for them to provide information before taking your medications:  What is it? What is it for?  And: what effects can it have? These answers must be given to you in terms you can understand.

During your stay

  • If you need education on a topic, or an interpreter to communicate better, ask your nurse.
  • Let your physician know if you have pain, some type of allergy, or any other need.
  • All health care workers — like patients, family members, and visitors — must wash their hands to prevent infections. If this isn’t occurring, please let nursing staff know.  Ask your nurse about hand-washing techniques and the use of the sanitizer in your room.
  • Ask your nurse to explain about measures to prevent falls. Check that your bed rails are in the upright position; if necessary, keep the call button close to you.  If you get out of bed, always ask for help from the Infirmary.
  • During your stay, we will ask for your full name and date of birth, even though we have this information; this will occur when: we give you medication, perform an invasive procedure such as a surgery, a blood transfusion or treatment, and when we give you your baby.

At the time of discharge

Ask your physician and nurse to explain the instructions to follow at home, including any requirements or special equipment that you will need.

We hope to provide you with all the information you need to feel comfortable about your or your family member’s anesthesia.  We are permanently at your orders to answer any questions prior to your surgery; you can also contact your physician.

Physicians Specialized in Anesthesiology of Hospital Angeles are in charge of administering anesthesia responsibly and efficiently. Your duty as patient is to cooperate and follow instructions patiently and confidently, in the knowledge that all actions are being done to achieve good results.

You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire before your anesthesia, which will help the Anesthesiologist know your medical background, including: prior diseases or surgeries, prior anesthesia, allergies to medications or transfusional reactions, medications that you are taking currently, your current health status, and the disease determining the surgery, among other things.

The advances in monitoring, new pharmaceuticals that are more potent and safer, and materials and equipment that are less and less intensive, lower the risk of anesthesia.

The risk of having complications during the anesthetic procedure is not the same for everyone; several factors are at play:

  • Patient factors (health status). Diseases such as: allergies, especially asthma; smoking; high blood pressure; heart disease; and diabetes, among others, especially if these diseases are not well controlled.
  • Type and duration of the surgery.
  • Anesthetic technique used.
  • Hospital where you receive care — i.e., an institution that has the right monitoring equipment.

FASTING.

As a general rule, adult patients must not drink or eat anything eight hours prior to their surgery.  Under certain conditions, and only with the permission of their physician, can patients drink clear liquids a few hours before anesthesia.  “Clear” liquids mean those that are transparent: water, diluted juice, etc.  Milkshakes or milk-based drinks within eight hours prior are not permitted.

For children, fasting will depend on their age, so physicians will always provide indications or instructions accordingly.

Fasting is ESSENTIAL for the SAFE application of anesthesia.  This is because during anesthesia the normal reflex of closing one’s larynx is lost when food passes through the throat; if the patient regurgitates or vomits the gastric contents, food will pass to the trachea larynx and lungs. Problem: tracheobronchial aspiration.  The contents of the stomach in the lungs blocks oxygenation and the lack of oxygen has very severe consequences.  Including death.  That is why it is very important you tell your physician if you did not follow the fasting as indicated.

Finally, we would like to inform you that our Anesthesiologist Physicians are duly authorized by the State Professionals Office, and are accredited and recognized by the College of Anesthesiologists of the State of Chihuahua, the Mexican Federation of Anesthesiology, and the Mexican Board of Anesthesiology.