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Infection Prevention

Infection Prevention is a hospital department that prescribes procedures to prevent infection. Infectious diseases are caused by microscopic viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi. These germs are everywhere - they can be "in" us or "around" us. Infectious disease takes a huge personal toll: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates Americans take four million sick days per year. Almost $950 billion is spent in direct medical costs to combat infection. Over 160,000 die from infectious diseases each year, not counting AIDS. Infectious diseases can include the common cold, and deadly diseases like E.coli infections or Hantavirus Respiratory Syndrome (aerolized virus spread from rodents to humans). New and emerging infectious diseases include invasive strep infections, tuberculosis, malaria, and AIDS. Infectious diseases are on the rise due to a number of converging factors, says the CDC: Not washing hands often enough - after handling food, after each sneeze or cough, after handling pets (and the list goes on);

  • Worldwide population growth and immigration;
  • Increasing international travel;
  • Changes in food processing and handling;
  • Human intervention in wilderness habitats that are home for infects or animals carrying infectious agents;
  • Natural disasters;
  • Microbial evolution that is resistant to current antibiotics and antimicrobial medications - often attributed to antibiotic overuse.

The following health information is supplied by the Center for Disease Controls and Prevention:

Surgical Services at McLaren Port Huron

Surgery is never easy or routine - especially for families and loved ones. At McLaren Port Huron, however, patients are in the hands of expert surgeons and certified professionals who work together in one of the most advanced surgical centers in the state.

McLaren Port Huron offers patients two important benefits - a team of highly skilled experts, along with personalized attention. That adds up to surgery with less stress and better healing outcomes.

In addition, McLaren Port Huron offers a wide range of minimally invasive procedures that result in less pain and a faster recovery. Surgeons are performing an increasing number of procedures using laparoscopic tools or the da Vinci Xi and da Vinci Si HD systems, advanced robotic-assisted surgical systems.

Surgery Patient Guidelines and Instructions

Surgery preparation Instructions and information

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Contact information (Click To Expand)

McLaren Port Huron
Surgical Services
Second Floor
1221 Pine Grove Avenue
Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone Numbers

  • Pre-admission Testing:
    (810) 989-3192

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Fact Sheets (Click To Expand)

Frequently asked questions when preparing for Surgery:

Smoking and Tobacco Cessation (Click To Expand)

Quitting smoking prior to surgery will decrease your likelihood of surgery-related complications; regardless of the type of procedure you have. It is especially important not to smoke on the day of your surgery.

Whether you are preparing for surgery or just thinking about quitting, free help is always available. One-on-one smoking and tobacco cessation counseling is available through McLaren Port Huron by calling (810) 989-3121. A Registered Nurse/Smoking Cessation Counselor will provide advice along with a customized plan to help you quit.

Why can't I have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery? (Click To Expand)

Because stomach contents are hazardous when having any type of anesthesia. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PRE-PROCEDURAL INSTRUCTION -- Do not eat, drink, smoke, chew gum or have candy after midnight the day before surgery (unless otherwise instructed). Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of surgery due to the possibility of vomiting and/or aspiration (breathing in of stomach contents into the lungs). This could result in pneumonia or even death. No alcohol, street drugs, or marijuana 24 hours before surgery or procedure.

This includes water, ice chips, gum, breath mints, chewing tobacco, smoking tobacco, coffee, and vitamins<

Consult the Admission Access nurse to learn when children under age four may have something to eat or drink as these guidelines are different depending on age.

What about my medications? (Click To Expand)

General information is listed below. Your admission access nurse will direct you on what medications to take before your procedure.

  • Please leave your personal medications at home.
  • When approved by Admission Access Center nurse, take your heart, blood pressure, asthma, pain medication, anti-psychotic, and Parkinson's or seizure medications with a sip of water the morning of your procedure Diabetics will be instructed on dosages for insulin, or diabetic medication by the admission access center nurse.
  • Please bring a list of all medications (including herbal and over the counter medications) with you the day of your procedure so you can go over them with your Pre-op nurse.
  • You may use your asthma or other lung inhalers in the morning and be sure to bring them with you.
  • If you are on oxygen at home, bring it with you.
  • If you use CPAP at home, bring it with you.
  • Contact your physician for instructions if you take blood thinners, MAO inhibitors, or have taken diet pills (phen/fen or redux). Some medications need to be stopped a few days before the procedure.
  • If you take Coumadin, Plavix, Pletal, Lovenox, Effient, Trental, Persantine or Ticlid: Contact your cardiologist or physician that started you on this medication to determine when to stop taking prior to surgery/procedure.
  • Herbal Supplements that contain: Ephedra, St. John's Wort, Ginkgo Bioloba, Garlic, Ginseng, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, or Vitamins must be stopped one week prior to surgery or procedure.
  • Patients Scheduled for:
  • Cardioversion patients: CONTINUE coumadin as directed by your physician.
  • Electrophysiology Study (EPS) patients: STOP antiarrythmic medications as directed by your physician.

What if I feel ill before my procedure? (Click To Expand)

If you wake up ill the morning of your procedure, please call the McLaren Port Huron Pre-op area at (810) 989-3280 or (810) 989-3281, please leave voice message if there is no answer.

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough or congestion
  • Chicken Pox exposure/illness within two weeks of surgery
  • Any other problems that may interfere with your scheduled surgery

How should I get ready? (Click To Expand)

Shower or bathe and shampoo the night before and the morning of your surgery, with antibacterial soap before coming to the hospital - this helps to prevent infection. Click on the link below for more information on important showering instructions:

Make sure your hair is clean and dry prior to arriving. Avoid hairspray.

Wear loose clothing that is easy to get off and on, which will fit over extra padding such as a bandage/dressing.

Do not wear makeup, jewelry (including any body piercing) or metal hair accessories.

Do not bring other valuables.

Change linens on your bed the night prior to surgery so that you are sleeping on clean bedding, after your antibacterial showering. Do not apply lotions or powders.

What should I bring with me? (Click To Expand)

The following documents, if applicable: Photo ID (such as a driver's license), insurance card(s), Medicare and/or Medicaid cards, a completed Living Will (if you have one).

Cases for eyeglasses, contact lenses or hearing aids. We recommend these type of items be left with your family member/companion during the procedure.

If you are staying overnight in the hospital - bring a small bag with personal items only (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, comb or brush, shaving kit, other toiletries).

Cash or a credit card for your co-pays (depending on your insurance) and filling any post-surgical prescriptions. Note: The cost of prescriptions cannot be added to your bill.

Should someone come with me? (Click To Expand)

Should someone come with me?
  • Please have one responsible adult accompany you the day of your surgery/procedure.
  • Two visitors - family members or friends - are welcome, but no children under 12 years of age, for their safety and the safety of our compromised patients.
  • One family member/companion should stay within the facility during your stay to receive instructions from the surgical team.

Services Available

  • Internet Access is available in the Surgical Waiting Lounge, as well as reading material and TV.
  • The cafeteria is open for your family while they wait and family paging devices with in-house service are available for your convenience and peace of mind, should you decide to step away from the waiting area.
  • A parent or guardian of a patient under 18 must stay in the facility until the patient is discharged.
  • A responsible person must be prepared to drive you home. Driving yourself home is NOT permitted. If you do not have a responsible person to drive you home, your procedure will be cancelled.
  • A responsible adult should be prepared to care for you for the first 24 hours after your procedure.

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