HSHS St Anthony's Memorial Hospital

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Welcome to HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital. We are pleased to have the opportunity to serve you. St. Anthony’s is committed to delivering the highest quality health care to our patients. Our approach to health care combines compassion, human touch an more than a century of caring with the most modern technologies available today.

Our total hip and total knee replacement program has received the Advanced Certification from the Joint Commission.  We are one of only two hospitals in the state to receive this prestigious certification. We achieved this recognition through teamwork, personal initiative and continuous innovation that includes over 20 “best practice” techniques to aid in your safety and recovery.

We look forward to serving your health care needs.  Thank you for choosing St. Anthony’s!

Preoperative Requirements– these are the steps you will need to take prior to your surgery.

Step 1  Once the decision to have surgery is made between you and your surgeon, coordinate with your surgeon’s office on setting a surgical date.

Step 2  Within 30 days of surgery, you will need to have a History & Physical completed.  This can be completed at your :

– Pre-Surgical  Testing Appointment
– Primary Care Physician

Step 3  1-2 weeks prior to surgery, you will need a Pre-Surgical Testing appointment. If this appointment has not already been scheduled, please call our Pre-Surgical Testing office at 217-347-1504. Office hours Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00

Specifics for your Pre-Surgical Appointment:

First – be sure to bring your:

   -Current medications
   -ID card
   -Insurance Card

Second – the nurse will review your medical history, current medications and complete your registration for surgery

Third – any necessary lab work or EKG will be performed at this appointment

Lastly – the nurse will go over important information you need to know prior to surgery

Review of Preoperative Bathing Routine – this is the bathing routine you will need to follow prior to your surgery.

St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital has initiated a process for the protection of our surgical patients. Before surgery, you can play an important role in your own health. Because skin is not sterile, we need to be sure that your skin is as free of germs as possible before surgery. You can reduce the number of germs on your skin by carefully washing before surgery. Following these instructions will help ensure your skin is clean before surgery.

Step 1  Do not shave your legs for one week before surgery to prevent a nick or cut on your skin.

Step 2  
  -Shower or bathe with the Hibiclens soap the night
   before your surgery and the morning of surgery.
  -Apply the Hibiclens soap to the entire body from the
   neck down, paying special attention to the surgical
   site. Do not use near your eyes, ears or genitals.
  -To promote the best lather with the Hibiclens, use a
   mesh scrub or your hands. Please do not use a
  -Wash your body gently for 5 minutes. Do not scrub
   too hard.
  -After the skin is lathered, do not rinse for 1 minute so

   that the Hibiclens has time to produce its desired effect.

Step 3  Use a nasal swab the night before surgery and the morning of surgery. Use one nasal swab for both nostrils. Rub inside the nose in a circular motion for 5-10 seconds.

Step 4  Do not wash with regular soap once Hibiclens is used.

Step 5  After washing with Hibiclens, do not use any lotion, powder, cream or deodorant.

Step 6  After each shower with Hibiclens, wear laundered cloths.

Step 7  After your first shower with Hibiclens (Chlorhexidine), if you notice you are having any type of allergic reaction:
-Severe skin rash
-Severe dizziness
-Difficulty breathing
-Swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat
do not use the Hibiclens the morning of surgery. Alert your nurse upon arrival for surgery.

Also included in the Pre-Surgical Kit
Ensure Pre-Surgery Carbohydrate Drink, which helps recovery by reducing:
  -pain after surgery
  -time in the hospital

   -Drink one bottle of Ensure Pre-Surgery Carbohydrate
    drink the night before surgery.
   -Drink second bottle the day of surgery, finishing it 
    2 hours prior to your scheduled arrival time.
   -Shake each bottle well before consuming
   -Each bottle should be consumed quickly, in less than
    5 minutes, rather than sipped over long period of time.

HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital

Proudly providing patients and their caregivers complimentary access to Adaptive Equipment & Caregiving Corner's complete video library full of helpful how-to videos and quick tips to prepare individuals for a successful joint replacement surgery.

How to get the most benefit from your video library access

After accessing the video library, click on 'Series' tab in upper left corner. Start by reviewing the 'Home Safety Tool Kit' series followed by the appropriate joint replacement series (Hip or Knee)

St. Anthony's wishes you a speedy recovery from surgery!