Pre-Anesthesia Clinic Visit

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following modifications have been implemented at CRMC to decrease potential risk for COVID-19 spread according to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These steps will assist in keeping our community members safe, and our healthcare team strong as we deliver the highest quality care to our patients.

If you are scheduled for surgery and have an appointment for our Pre-Anesthesia Clinic, read the following information to help you prepare for surgery.

Contacts

Ambulatory Surgery Unit: 931-783-2190, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Pre-operative Anesthesia Clinic: 931-783-2422, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CRMC Main Number: 931-528-2541

Pre-Anesthesia Visit

Once your physician has scheduled your procedure, you will visit the Pre-Anesthesia Clinic to make sure you are in the best possible condition to be prepared for general anesthesia. Please report to the main hospital entrance in the North Tower.

At this pre-operative anesthesia visit, a nurse coordinator will review your medical history as well as perform a screening for COVID-19. If necessary, you may have blood tests and an electrocardiogram (also known as an EKG) performed. Depending on the type of procedure and your current medical history, other tests may be necessary. 

When you come for your pre-operative anesthesia coordinator visit, please bring the following: 

  • A list of all the medicines you take, including times and dosages.  
  • Recent test results from any other hospital or clinic, including your Covid test results 

This lets our healthcare team know everything that may affect your care and recovery. Some medicines that you are taking may not mix with ones you will be given in the hospital.

At the conclusion of your pre-anesthesia visit, you will be instructed to visit the Public Health Department to be tested for COVID-19.  The Public Health Dept. has established drive through testing Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm with no expense to you. This test is a requirement for surgery, and you must be tested no less than 5 business days before your scheduled procedure.  The Health Department will contact you with your results and send a hard copy to the hospital so we may include it in your medical records. 

**If Cookeville Regional is unable to obtain your Covid-19 test results by 2 PM the day prior to your procedure, you will be notified and the procedure will be rescheduled.

The Medical Center also requires:

  • All patients to wear a fabric or medical grade mask upon arrival; patients will be screened for possible COVID-19 exposure at the main lobby desk prior to their appointment.
  • No visitor or caregiver will be allowed with patient with exception of children under the age of 18, mentally challenged patients or patients with physical disabilities that require a caregiver (caregiver will be screened and mask provided if they do not have their own).   All family members accompanying the patient are required to provide a contact phone number and remain in their vehicles for the entire patient appointment. Family members will be given a map for the location of a waiting area on campus, and will be contacted with updates and when the patient is ready for discharge.

 

Day of Surgery Visit

Checking In for Surgery

The morning of surgery if you feel ill; have a fever, cough or are unable to keep your procedural appointment please call the operating room before 6:00 a.m. at 931-783-2393; after 6:00 a.m., please call the Same Day Surgery Unit at 931-783-2190.

Patients will arrive at the West Entrance of the hospital located on North Hickory. Patients must wear their own fabric mask or the one that was provided during their pre-anesthesia visit. If you forget, a mask will be provided.

  • Patients will be screened for possible COVID-19 exposure at the West Entrance prior to checking in at the surgical desk.
  • No visitors or caregivers are allowed to accompany the patient during their outpatient stay.  Exceptions are made for children under the age of 18, mentally challenged patients or patients with physical disabilities that require a caregiver (caregiver will be screened and mask provided if they do not have their own).   All family members accompanying the patient are required to remain in their vehicles for the entire patient appointment.

Phone calls will be made to family members and/or caregivers at the following times:

  • The OR nurse will call when the procedure has started
  • The surgeon will call when the procedure has concluded
  • The Same Day Surgery nurse will call when the patient is ready for discharge