Pre-Anesthesia Clinic Visit

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following modifications have been implemented at CRMC to decrease potential risk for COVID-19 spread according to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These steps will assist in keeping our community members safe, and our healthcare team strong as we deliver the highest quality care to our patients.

If you are scheduled for surgery and have an appointment for our Pre-Anesthesia Clinic, read the following information to help you prepare for surgery.

Contacts

Ambulatory Surgery Unit: 931-783-2190, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Pre-operative Anesthesia Clinic: 931-783-2422, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CRMC Main Number: 931-528-2541

Pre-Anesthesia Visit

Once your physician has scheduled your procedure, you will visit the Pre-Anesthesia Clinic to make sure you are in the best possible condition to be prepared for general anesthesia. Please report to the main hospital entrance in the North Tower.

At this pre-operative anesthesia visit, a nurse coordinator will review your medical history. If necessary, you may have blood tests and an electrocardiogram (also known as an EKG) performed. Depending on the type of procedure and your current medical history, other tests may be necessary. 

When you come for your pre-operative anesthesia coordinator visit, please bring the following: 

  • A list of all the medicines you take, including times and dosages.  
  • Recent test results from any other hospital or clinic, including your Covid test results 

This lets our healthcare team know everything that may affect your care and recovery. Some medicines that you are taking may not mix with ones you will be given in the hospital.

 

The Medical Center also requires ALL patients to wear a fabric or medical grade mask upon arrival; patients will be screened for possible COVID-19 exposure at the main lobby desk prior to their appointment.

 

Day of Surgery Visit

Checking In for Surgery

The morning of surgery, if you develop COVID-19 symptoms, feel ill; have a fever, cough or are unable to keep your procedural appointment please call the operating room before 6:00 a.m. at 931-783-2393; after 6:00 a.m., please call the Same Day Surgery Unit at 931-783-2190. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact your surgeon's office. 

One support person for surgery and procedure patients is allowed, including same day patients. Visitors must wait in the patient room or car until patient returns to a room.

For same day surgery patients (surgery and Gi procedures), we have developed a process that will make the drop-off and pick up of these patients as convenient and efficient as possible. 

Drop off: The patient will continue to come through the West Entrance of the medical center, located at the corner of 4th and North Hickoeery Avenue. The designated visitor will then park and enter through the North Tower main entrance for COVID-19 screening then go to the patient's room. If the designated driver chooses to wait in the car, there will be a designated parking lot similar to the cell phone waiting area at the airport for them.
 
Pick up: We will provide updates to that designated person by cell phone and then call them when the patient is ready for pick up.  More information will be provided to patients when they pre-register.
 
When patient walks into the West Entrance: 
  • Patients must wear their own fabric mask or the one that was provided during their pre-anesthesia visit. If you forget, a mask will be provided.
  • Patients will be screened for possible COVID-19 exposure at the West Entrance prior to checking in at the surgical desk.

Phone calls will be made to family members and/or caregivers at the following times:

  • The OR nurse will call when the procedure has started
  • The surgeon will call when the procedure has concluded
  • The Same Day Surgery nurse will call when the patient is ready for discharge