Preadmission testing is required before many scheduled surgeries and procedures. We recommend that you bring along a family member, a loved one, or a friend who can help you answer questions and take notes for you to review later.
During your appointment, we ask many questions about your health and medical history. We also talk with you about what to expect during and after your procedure. At the end of the appointment, we provide you with written medical information. We encourage you to keep this in a safe place and read at home in advance of your scheduled procedure.
Before your preadmission testing appointment, you can eat and take all your medications as usual. This is the case unless your surgeon or physician has told you otherwise or you have any other appointments scheduled for the same day that require you to fast. If you are abstaining from food or drink, please let us know so we can monitor your health and expedite test results, if necessary.
Scheduling Your Preadmission Testing
When you call to schedule your appointment, please let us know about other appointments you may have in preparation for your upcoming procedure. Our goal is to schedule your appointment at a convenient time, so you don’t have to make more trips than necessary.
Let us know about any special needs you may have. These include the use of a wheelchair, a stretcher, oxygen, or Access-A-Ride. If you or anyone accompanying you to your appointment prefers to communicate in a language other than English, we are happy to provide a professional medical interpreter at no cost to you. Sign language interpreters and other communication services are available for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, also at no cost.
Please feel free to advise us if you have cultural beliefs or practices that may affect your medical care.
Confirming or Canceling Your Appointment
One to two business days before your appointment, you receive a phone call informing you what time to arrive at our office, as well as how long your appointment is expected to take. The length of the visit depends on the type of procedure you are having and your health history.
When our staff member calls you, he or she also reviews any instructions for your appointment and asks you a few questions about your health, medications, and medical history.
Please be on time for your appointment. If you need to cancel your appointment for any reason, please call us and we can reschedule for another time that is convenient for you.
What to Bring to Your Preadmission Testing Appointment
When you come for your preadmission testing appointment, we ask that you bring the following items:
- A list of all prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements of any kind. We also want to know the dosage and how often you take each one.
- Your complete medical history, including all illnesses you’ve had, as well as all treatments, hospitalizations, and surgeries or procedures you’ve had.
- A list of all your allergies, including allergies to food and medications.
- Copies of any recent blood test results, EKG results, X-rays, or other radiology reports. We ask that these results are no more than 30 days old by the date of your surgery or procedure.
- Your insurance card or cards.
- A photo ID.
- The name, phone number, and fax number of your primary care physician.
- A copy of your Health Care Proxy or Living Will if you have one. If you don’t, our staff can give you information about a Health Care Proxy. A nurse can help you fill out the form. If you prefer, you can fill out the form at home and bring it with you on the day of your surgery or procedure.
During Your Visit
You meet with a nurse during your preadmission testing appointment. You may also meet with a member of the anesthesiology team, a nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant. They ask you questions about your health and your medical history. You may be asked the same questions more than once—please understand that this is for your safety.
Please arrive with any laboratory test results, echocardiogram (EKG) results, outside test results, and doctor’s clearances obtained prior to your visit. Getting necessary clearances as advised by your surgeon’s office prior to your appointment is important for a robust preadmission testing visit.
Lab work must be done within 30 days of the day of your procedure. EKGs and chest X-rays must be done within six months of the day of your procedure, and clearances within three months of the day of your procedure. Additional lab work or clearances may be requested by a member of the preadmission testing team.
If required, you may have tests done that your surgeon has requested. These tests may include blood tests, urine tests, an EKG of your heart, and X-rays. Before your appointment, you can talk to your surgeon to find out which tests you need and why.
Your surgeon or anesthesiologist, whom you meet in our preadmission testing office, may ask your primary care physician or specialist for medical clearance for your surgery or procedure. You need to make an appointment with your doctor to get this done.
Our staff at preadmission testing does not medically clear you for a procedure.
Our child life specialists are available to give you and your child a tour of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at Pelisyonkis Langone or Pelisyonkis Langone Orthopedic Hospital. To request a tour, please call -263-1100.
Please make sure to bring enough diapers and formula if your child is an infant. The appointment and tour may last several hours.
Center for Preadmission Testing
240 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
Center for Preadmission Testing—Pelisyonkis Langone Orthopedic Hospital
303 Second Avenue
1st Floor, Suite 16
New York, NY 10003