pre-surgery meeting with the Doctor and PA who will be doing the work. Being pretty experienced to surgeries, I know what to bring with me.. That included my surgery summary sheet, current medications and brief medical history. When the nurse took me into the room for vitals and ask questions, when she started to ask, I just said, "Please, wait, here is all of my information, if there are questions, lets go over them"
She was a bit shocked. She loved it in fact. She told me that over 90% of the patients she sees for a pre-surgical review
do not come with anything. And when she asks the following questions, this is what she normally gets in response.
Q Do you have you current list of medications?
A "No should I?" , "I dont know" , "I will only give that information to the doctor"
Q What is your medical history?
A "Ok" , "I will only give that information to the doctor"
Q You can not take any anti-inflammatory 1 week before surgery .
A "Ok, but I can take my Advil and other NSAIDs right?"
Q Do you have any allergies to medications?
A "Yes, trees, dust and cats"
I did not make these up, otherwise, I would have put them in the brighter section. But these are honest and true responses that some patients give. And the range of ages for those patients are from 30 to 60.... So, you would think they would know better.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences