Sometimes it is difficult to take in all the information about your procedure, so below is some information that may help with your recovery and general health.
At the time of your initial presentation for your procedure at the Sight Foundation Theatre, our staff members will confirm your name, birth date and doctor. Do not be alarmed if at each stage of your care our staff members confirm your name, birth date, proposed procedure and side. These patient identification checking procedures are for your protection, however please note that our staff are aware of who you are but must ensure the identification procedures are carried out.
Hand hygiene is an essential key strategy in the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections. Good hand hygiene practice also protects the Sight Foundation Theatre’s workforce and our consumers. Hand hygiene education and audits are conducted at the Sight Foundation Theatre and our patients are provided with an information sheet on hand hygiene at the time of discharge. If you require any information on hand hygiene please ask one of our clinical staff.
Almost every patient at the Sight Foundation Theatre receives medication during their day surgery stay. It’s very important to us to ensure that all patients receive the most appropriate medications accurately and safely, and to prevent mistakes in medication management. The Medical Advisory Committee reviews our medication systems and implements improvements as required to ensure medication safety.
Many drugs can affect your balance and judgment. For this reason, we will assess your likelihood of a fall post procedure and require you to have a carer with you after your procedure.
If you have a history of falls, or you are highlighted as a falls risk, we may conduct a further assessment and delay your discharge to minimise the risk of a fall after you leave our facility.
Please ensure that someone stays with you for 24 hours after your procedure. If you have a patch over one eye postoperatively it will be more difficult for you to judge distances. Vision is very important for your balance and reduced vision increases your risk of falling.
Clinical handover refers to the transfer of professional responsibility and accountability for some or all aspects of care for patients when they are transferred from one person to another. The clinical leaders and senior managers of the Sight Foundation Theatre have implemented systems for the effective and structured clinical handover of our patients. The doctors and nurses looking after you during your episode of care will use these systems to ensure that you are safe and well cared for through the different points of care whilst at the Sight Foundation Theatre.
Our patients and carers are encouraged to be involved in the clinical handover process particularly when they are discharged to go home. Should you have any concerns about the clinical handover process clinical staff must be informed.
Pressure Injury / Skin Integrity
Even though your time with us is limited and your procedure will be short in duration, we would like to provide you with some information about pressure injuries and how they can occur.
Skin integrity is promoted by good nutrition and activity, good hygiene, being aware of your surroundings and keeping your skin from becoming dry and chaffed.
Pressure injuries are caused by unrelieved pressure that damages the skin and underlying tissue. They usually occur over a bony prominence as a result of pressure, shear, friction, or a combination of these factors. If you are unable to move freely, have limited control of bladder or bowel, poor nutrition or lowered mental awareness, these may increase your possibility of developing pressure defects.
On admission we will assess your skin and, if necessary, provide you with relevant positioning aids to prevent these from occurring whilst in our care.
Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration
The Sight Foundation Theatre has established and maintained systems for recognising and responding to clinical deterioration in our patients. The patient centred care pathways and staff emergency training will therefore ensure that our patients’ needs are met and they are safe during their episode of care.
However, in the unlikely event that a patient or a carer should notice any sign/ symptom of clinical deterioration, clinical staff must be advised of any concern which may be relevant to the patient’s condition.
Advance Care Plan
If you have an Advance Care Plan, please bring a copy with you for our records. An Advance Care Plan is a legal document that enables you to give instructions about your health care, including special health matters, when you are no longer able to make a decision for yourself. An Advance Care Plan allows you to make specific directions about the care you will want and under what circumstances. The directions in an advance care plan can be very detailed, or they can be broad, outlining your beliefs and values about end of life matters.
If you have one of these in place, please bring a copy with you. If you are interested in obtaining an Advance Care Plan, you can buy this form from a post office or newsagency.