Prepare for Outpatient Surgery
A comfortable set of loose-fitting clothes and cotton underpants to wear home after surgery. The waistbands should be loose and comfortable. A case for your glasses, if you wear them. If you wear contact lenses, it is best to wear your glasses on the day of your surgery.
Toiletries – Grab your toothbrush, toothpaste, cleanser, moisturiser, deodorant, body wash, razor, hairbrush and anything else you use as part of your daily routine. Remember that hospital air conditioners can be really drying, so lip balm and hand lotion won't go astray.
Do not eat or drink anything for at least eight hours before your scheduled surgery. Do not chew gum or use any tobacco products. Leave jewelry and other valuables at home. Take out removable teeth prior to transfer to the operating room and do not wear glasses or contact lenses in the OR.
When Should You Pack Your Hospital Bag? You should have your hospital bag ready to go between weeks 32 and 35 of your pregnancy, in case your baby comes a bit earlier than expected. A good time to start the packing process is around the 28 week mark, or at the start of your 3rd trimester.
Suggested items include: a change of clothes including warm clothes (hospitals are notoriously cold), snacks, phone charger, swimmers (in case you plan to use the shower or the bath in labour), toiletries, insulated coffee cup and a water bottle. Watch: We share our weirdest pregnancy cravings.
In most cases, you only wear your underwear underneath your gown when you have a surgical procedure. When you arrive at the hospital or outpatient facility, your nurse will tell you what clothes you can keep on under your gown, depending on your surgical site.
You will most likely be required to remove all undergarments. We understand this can be confronting and uncomfortable for some people, however it is required for surgery, assists in an emergency and ensures your personal garments aren't unnecessarily cut or stained.
Most people choose to wear a bra under a hospital gown, as it provides support and comfort. However, there are some instances where a bra is not necessary or desired, such as during a mastectomy or other breast surgery. In these cases, the hospital will provide a special gown that does not require a bra.
“Generally speaking, usually having one main bag for you and your partner is solid,” Patmor says. “A suitcase or duffel bag suffices for that.” But remember, you're going to be in the hospital or birthing center for a few days, so you'll need a few different bags.
Pack two different outfits in different sizes because you don't know how big or small your baby will be! Aim for one outfit in newborn size and one 0-3 months. Don't forget hats and/or socks, if weather-appropriate. Your pediatrician's contact information.
Two or three sleepsuits and vests for your baby to wear while you're in hospital. Pack more if you know that you'll be staying in hospital for more than a couple of days.
Deliver in an upright, nonflat position.
There are a number of delivery positions that might reduce the risk of a vaginal tear during childbirth. Rather than lying down flat during delivery, deliver in an upright position. Your health care provider will help you find a comfortable and safe delivery position.
Pack at least two or three sleepsuits, vests and a cardigan or two. Depending on what time of year it is you may also need something warm like a pramsuit. You might want to choose a special outfit too, for a going-home photo.
If you're confused about when is the best time to buy baby stuff, don't worry. WebBabyShower recommends that you begin your shopping somewhere between 15-20 weeks of the pregnancy (about month 4 or 5). That way you have time to get all the items you need.
Don't touch any type of equipment or sit on the patient's bed. Don't spread rubbish etc in the wards and cabin or anywhere or spill any form of liquid on the floor. Don't use plastic carry bags. Don't indulge in unnecessary arguments with the doctors /Nurse or other staff. .
Yes! You'll need to bring nappies and wipes to the hospital. Although the hospital will have some nappies and wipes available, you'll be expected to bring enough for your baby.
These items include receiving blankets, newborn diapers, baby wipes, and clothing like onesies, hats, and socks. Depending on the situation, your hospital stay could range between 24 hours and several full weeks.
The "Q" Word (Q=Quiet) is a word known in the Emergency Services as a punishable offensive word. Whenever the word is muttered, the night (or day) becomes flooded with emergency calls.
Ask if the patient might have a neighbor or religious organization that would assist, she says. "Lots of churches have people on call to help with rides," Ogg says. "They might also be able to stay overnight as a caregiver." A private duty nurse might be another option, she adds.
Hospital staff are naturally keen to reduce excessive potential workload in order to ensure their ability to provide safe care and therefore try to avoid using the word 'quiet', even if no hard evidence exists to prove its effect on subsequent workload.
something loose and comfortable to wear during labour that does not restrict you from moving around or make you too hot. 3 changes of loose, comfortable clothes. 2 or 3 comfortable and supportive bras, including nursing bras if you're planning to breastfeed – remember, your breasts will be much larger than usual.