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What is the Pre-Admission Center (PAC)?

The Pre-Admission Center (PAC) is under the leadership of the Department of Anesthesiology and is dedicated to preparing you and your family for your upcoming surgery. The objective of the PAC is to ensure that you are healthy enough to undergo surgery, and to identify any medical conditions that might cause complications or cause your surgery to be canceled or postponed.

During your PAC visit, a team of physician assistants and technicians will work together to gather information about your medical and surgical history and perform tests. These tests may include blood tests, an electrocardiogram and a chest x-ray. You will also be given preoperative instructions by the physician assistant.

Since it takes time for your physicians to review your test results, you will want to have all tests completed at least 1–2 weeks before surgery. If you do not have the required pre-admission testing completed, your surgery may need to be postponed.

Your Pre-Admission Testing Appointment

  • You will be contacted with a date and time for your visit by your surgeon’s office. Your PAT appointment may take up to two hours, so please plan accordingly.
  • If you need to change or cancel your appointment, please call your surgeon’s office directly. The surgeon’s office will notify the PAC.
  • If you are running late to your appointment, do not call your surgeon. Please call the PAT number directly at 718-670-1990.
  • Please note that most PAT results are only valid within 14 days of the planned surgery; but certain insurance plans require testing to be done within 7 days.

How to prepare for your appointment

  • You can eat normally the day of your appointment.
  • Take the medications you normally take as usual.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, such as a shirt or blouse that buttons down the front, and sleeves that you are able to roll up. For your convenience and that of the staff administering your tests, please do not wear pantyhose or long underwear.

What to bring with you for your Pre-Admission Testing appointment

  • Identification and insurance card(s).
  • A list of all the medications you take, including herbal supplements, vitamins and over-the-counter drugs; please include information on each medication’s dosage and frequency for use.
  • A list of all operations and illnesses you have had with approximate dates.
  • A list of all allergies, including medications and whether or not you are allergic to latex.
  • All letters and information from your doctor.
  • Reading glasses and hearing aids if you use them.
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