Pre-Anesthesia Testing Clinic - Health Services - Eskenazi Health

The Eskenazi Health Pre-Anesthesia Testing Clinic prepares patients for upcoming surgery. Patients often visit the clinic on the same day they see their physician at the Eskenazi Health Surgery Clinic or other specialty clinic to discuss their upcoming procedure.

At Eskenazi Health Pre-Anesthesia Testing, nurses perform assessments to ensure patients are in the best health possible to undergo surgery. They also review surgery instructions, answer questions about the day of the surgery and after the operation, and review some discharge instructions.

During pre-anesthesia testing, a nurse conducts an assessment and reviews medical/surgical history. Then, testing, such as an EKG or lab work, may be performed.  Depending on the medical history and the procedure that is scheduled, a nurse practitioner or anesthesiologist may conduct an examination. Patients are asked to bring a list of medications, including all over-the-counter medications, to this appointment, which takes about an hour.

If patients schedule their specialty clinic appointment and Pre-Anesthesia Testing appointment on the same day, they can register for the specialty clinic appointment according to that clinical area’s instructions and do not need to register again before going to their appointment at the Pre-Anesthesia Testing Clinic on the third floor of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, which is accessed by using the Green Elevators on the main concourse.

If appointments are on different days, patients are asked to register for their Pre-Anesthesia Testing appointment in the third floor waiting room of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital between the hours of 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.  After 2 p.m., patients need to register on the first floor of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. Please note: While the pre-anesthesia appointment can be scheduled for a different day than the specialty clinic appointment, it needs to occur at least a week prior to the scheduled surgery.

This clinic also accepts walk-in blood draws with physician orders.