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Standard Precautions

For the safety of our patients and our staff, Upstate Community Hospital operates with a Standard Precautions policy. This means that all health care staff handling blood or body fluids is required to wear protective gloves and gowns. In addition, staff wear protective masks and eyewear when working with patients who have specific respiratory infections.

Please do no be alarmed or concerned if staff use gloves and protective clothing with your personal care or the care of a loved one. Standard Precautions applies to all our patients and has been instituted as a protective, preventative measure. If you or your family have questions concerning Standard Precautions, please ask your unit nurse for assistance. If there are special problems Upstate Community Hospital's Social Work Department is available to help patients and their families with problems involved in hospitalization and discharge planning. You are welcome to contact the Social Work Department before your admission or during your hospital stay.

Surgical Checklist

This checklist will help you prepare for your surgery. Check off each item to avoid cancellation or unnecessary delays.

  • Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight the night before your admission.
  • Consult your physician regarding medications.
  • Take a complete bath or shower and shampoo your hair. Do not wear makeup or nail polish on your fingers or toes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing, such as a jogging suit, and bring slippers.
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
  • Bring healthcare proxy and advance directives information
  • Please be on time for your surgical admission.
  • Park in the garage and go the diagnostic center lobby of the hospital.
  • Then follow the signs to "The Surgery Center."
  • If you are an outpatient, make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home.
  • Even if you take a taxi, you must arrange for a companion to ride with you. Patient discharge will be approximately two hours after surgery.

We advise that you make arrangements for someone to stay with you at home following surgery.