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Surgical Patients and Visitors

Whether you will be a patient or visiting a loved one having surgery, we have designed comforts to help during this time.

Preparing for Surgery

Our Surgical Services Booklet (also available in Spanish) contains more detailed information about your surgery preparation, maps to the location and additional helpful information. If you have questions regarding your procedure, call your surgeon or health care provider. Our Bathing Before Surgery (also available in Spanish) sheet also contains important pre-op information.

Real-time Surgical Updates

You will be able to easily track the progress of your loved one through surgery and recovery using Perioperative Tracking.

To protect privacy, patient names are replaced with case numbers, which are assigned per patient and based on the location of their surgery. Your loved one’s case number will be provided to you. Perioperative Tracking monitors are located in the following locations:

  • Methodist Hospital: Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery waiting rooms, Café 8303 and the coffee shop.
  • Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital: First floor waiting area inside the East entrance.
  • Methodist Women's Hospital: The first floor dining area and the second floor surgery waiting area.

If you have questions or concerns during your time with us, please don’t hesitate to ask for information or assistance from the surgery waiting area receptionist, volunteer or nurse liaison. After hours, call the Methodist Hospital operator by dialing ‘0’ on an in-house hospital phone and ask for the House Supervisor.

Blood Conservation

If you have a desire to reduce or limit the use of donor blood during your surgical procedure, please visit our page on Blood Conservation.

FIRSTeam

Dial 4-3-9-9-9 for immediate help for a patient

Methodist Hospital is committed to patient safety. We believe in teamwork and ask that you partner with us to help keep your loved one safe.

The team of family, patient and staff

Methodist Hospital’s FIRSTeam (Family Initiated Rapid Response Team) is a safety tool for patients, families and visitors. FIRSTeam brings together the patient, their loved ones and a team of health care professionals to keep the patient safe.

Anyone can summon help

This program allows patients, relatives, friends and acquaintances to summon the FIRSTeam if the patient needs immediate, emergency medical attention simply by dialing 4-3-9-9-9 on the house telephone.

Specialized staff, including a critical care nurse, a respiratory therapist and a supervisor, trained in emergency care will respond promptly.