The Santiam Hospital Surgery Department is committed to providing a broad scope of inpatient and outpatient surgical services within the defined capability of the hospital, ranging from minor injury and illness to severe, life-threatening events.
Santiam Hospital’s teams of skilled surgeons, board-certified anesthesiologists and excellent nursing staff work together to provide patients with the highest level of care. Working together, medical staff provide the specialized medical care found in large hospitals with the personalized care unique to a small community.
This is where the final preparation for surgery is provided. The IV fluids are started and home medications are checked and updated. The patient is transported to the operating room for surgery, which is conveniently located in the Santiam Surgery Center on the first floor of the Hospital. After surgery, the patient returns to his or her private unit while pain and nausea is monitored. Home care instruction is provided to the patient.
The Recovery Room or Post-Anesthesia Care unit, referred to as the PACU, is where patients are transported from their operating room, under the supervision of their Anesthesiologist and specially trained RN's and CNA's. Here, pain and nausea are managed once the patient wakes up from anesthesia. Open airways and breathing are observed and documented. Fluids, medications, and warming blankets are given as needed. When the patient meets all of the recovery benchmarks, he or she is transferred back to the Same Day Surgical Care Unit or to a private patient room within the Hospital.