How to Prepare for Your Visit

Patient Room 2Here’s some information that may help you prepare for your Sky Lakes stay and what to expect once you’re here.

Valuables
You may want to have a few personal items with you during your stay. Bringing your own bathrobe, nightgown or pajamas, your slippers and toilet articles may help make you more comfortable.

Sky Lakes Medical Center Safety and Security officers can put your valuables in a safe. We encourage you NOT to bring personal valuables, credit cards, cash or jewelry to the hospital.

Medications from home
You generally will want to leave your prescription medications at home. Your doctor may allow you to bring your medications to the hospital if, of example, the Sky Lakes Medical Center Pharmacy does not carry a particular medication you need. Be sure to remind your healthcare team of the exception so they can help you stay on your medication schedule while you’re here.

DO NOT take any medications, herbal supplements or vitamins that you may have brought with you from home without first speaking with your physician, nurse or a hospital pharmacist.

Unless your doctor wants you to take your own medications during your hospital stay, you will want to have us keep them in our Pharmacy while you are here. They will be returned to you when your stay is over.

So we can provide you the best care possible, bring an accurate list of the medications – prescriptions, over-the- counter medications, vitamins and herbals – you routinely take.

Smoking
Sky Lakes Medical Center is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is not allowed.

Your Safety and Security
Your illness may make you weaker than you might expect. The effects of surgery or the side effects of medications may cause you to be confused or disoriented. Your safety is of utmost concern to us, so please:

  • Always follow instructions from your doctor and nurses;
  • Use the call button when you need help;
  • Check with your nurse before changing the position of your bed -- your doctor may have specific reasons for your bed position;
  • Ask for help when getting in and out of bed.

Use the handrails in the bathroom to help support and steady you.

Hospital rules require you to wear slippers when you are out of bed. Walking in socks or bare feet can be unsafe.

Your stay - Help us help you
We try to keep the daily routine for your care as patient friendly as we can.

A member of your healthcare team will need to check your vital signs – temperature, blood pressure, respiration and the like – on a regular schedule. Depending on your condition, your doctor may ask that your vital signs be checked frequently. We will try to limit how often you have to be awakened.

Please let your nurse know immediately if you are:

  • In pain;
  • Too hot or too cold;
  • Hungry or thirsty;
  • Receiving too many visitors;
  • Not compatible with a roommate.

We want your Sky Lakes Medical Center experience to be as positive as we can make it.

Pain management Are you in pain?
As a patient, you can expect:

  • Information about pain and pain-relief measures;
  • Concerned staff committed to pain prevention and management;
  • Health professionals who respond quickly to reports of pain;
  • Reports of pain will be believed, and
  • State-of-the-art pain management.

Mail and flowers
Few things can brighten your hospital room like mail and flowers. Sky Lakes Medical Center volunteers will deliver flowers to your room within minutes after they arrive from the florist. Because of concern for allergies, flowers will be delivered to patients in ICU rooms at the discretion of the nursing staff. If you have already left the hospital, the flowers will be returned to the florist for delivery to your home.

RV Parking
A parking area for recreational vehicles is available to patients and their families for a nominal donation. It is located across the street just south of the Family Birth Center entrance on the south side of the hospital.

Call the Sky Lakes Cancer Treatment Center, 541-274-4171, for more information about RV parking.

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