Inpatient Surgical Care
Greenwich Hospital provides highly personalized and attentive care in its 48-bed surgical inpatient unit. Patient rooms are comfortably furnished to accommodate overnight visitors if a family member wishes to remain with a patient. Each room has wireless Internet, telephone and TV service. Newspapers and magazines are available for delivery as well.
Appropriate pain control helps patients recover faster with fewer risks of complications such as blood clots and pneumonia. Patients should expect to have some discomfort following any surgery, but if pain is well-managed, patients are better able to engage in important activities such as walking and deep breathing exercises. The Greenwich Hospital healthcare team works closely with patients to prevent and relieve pain and discomfort.
Pain control options may include:
- Pain relief medicines such as analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs, local anesthetics or opioids
- Relaxation techniques, including meditation, Healing Touch therapy, or listening to music
- Physical therapies such as heat or cold therapy, massage and body alignment
- Intravenous pain relief for kidney stones
Surgical patients can expect to be continually assessed to ensure they are comfortable. Patients are asked to participate in their pain management by telling staff when they are uncomfortable and reporting and rating their pain on a scale of 0 to 10. Reporting pain as a number helps staff know how well treatment is working. Together, patients and staff set goals for acceptable pain levels. When necessary, adjustments or changes to the pain management regimen are made.
Patients who experience chronic pain after discharge from the hospital are referred to the Sackler Center for Pain Management for further treatment.
This holistic, energy-based therapy complements patient care. Trained Healing Touch volunteers use soothing techniques to help patients relax and facilitate healing. This service can be arranged through staff on the inpatient surgical floor.
Hospital chaplains provide a spiritual presence in keeping with the beliefs or religious practices of patients and their families. Chaplains are available for counsel, prayer and support for those in need. The Spiritual Care Department will also assist in contacting clergy from the community.
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