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Perioperative Services

Unit Profiles in the Gerald P. Turner Department of Nursing

Operating Room/Cystoscopy

We work as a collaborative multi-disciplinary team in a fast paced caring environment to provide the best care for our patients.

Both the Operating Room and Cystoscopy Unit are located on the 5th floor.  There are 12 operating rooms, 3 of which have recently been renovated for Minimally Invasive Surgery with video broadcasting capabilities for educational opportunities both internal and external.

On a daily basis we run 10 – 11 rooms per day (Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 3:30 on Friday), with one room on evenings, weekends and holidays for emergency surgery.

The unit is staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Friday with 2 nurses on standby outside of those hours. On weekends and holidays we are staffed from 8 a.m. 4 p.m. with nurses on call outside of these hours. 

We do approximately 8,000 cases per year both elective and emergent cases split on a 60 / 40 % between inpatients and day surgery. The surgical services include:

  • breast
  • general Surgery
  • gynecology
  • ophthamology
  • oral Surgery
  • orthopedic sarcoma
  • otolaryngology
  • plastics
  • muscular skeletal- reconstructive joint
  • urogynecology
  • urology
  • vascular (limited)

Our Operating Rooms use ORSOS to do patient scheduling and Intraoperative Periop Charting and we look forward to moving towards web based Intraperative Periop Charting. Our OR was the first nursing unit at Mount Sinai to implement electronic patient documentation.

Our OR also has had the privilege of being a beta site for the Ontario Ministry of Health Surgical Efficiency Targets program (SETP), and has been involved in the provincial OR Benchmarking Collaborative. Our systems are also linked with the Ministry of Health’s Wait Times initiative.

As a teaching facility we offer educational opportunities to registered nurses to pursue training in perioperative nursing. Our perioperative nurses partake in weekly educational sessions and have access to professionally affiliated conferences and educational development.
 

Endoscopy Unit

We work as a collaborative multi-disciplinary team in a fast paced caring environment to provide the best care for our patients.

The newly renovated Endoscopy Unit with its state of the art equipment, located on the 6th Floor operates Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The d├ęcor in this unit is aesthetically pleasing and calming for both patients and staff.

Our Endoscopy team provides care for approximately 4,000 patients annually, the majority being outpatients. Our Unit is involved in many unique research projects. Recently, our Unit has worked with  Toronto Western Hospital in developing and implementing a Colonoscopy Screening Intake Unit. The patients are referred to the unit by the family practitioners.

This unique program is first of its kind and is intended to save the time spent by patients and family practitioners navigating the healthcare system to schedule a screening colonoscopy.

This program offers a single point of contact for the patients with a registered nurse. The nurse contacts the patient, performs an assessment, provides relevant procedure instructions and addresses any concerns before the procedure is done at Mount Sinai or UHN- Toronto Western site. The patient satisfaction of this program is being closely monitored.

This joint venture resulted from Ministry of Health initiative on screening persons at risk for colon cancer. 

The unit provides the continuum of care through the Endoscopy process of assessment, procedure, post procedure care and discharge for its patients. As a teaching facility our Endoscopy nurses partake in weekly educational sessions and have access to professionally affiliated conferences and educational development.

 

Elective Outpatient Surgery Unit (EOPS)

We work as a collaborative multi-disciplinary team in a fast paced caring environment to provide the best care for our patients.

The EOPS Unit located on the Main Floor operates Monday to Friday 8 a.m. 4 p.m. and provides care for approximately 4,500 patients annually in the two operating rooms. Some of the surgical services offered in this unit ranges from Dental surgery for handicapped patients - the only one of its kind in the province- to Ophthalmology, Urology, Uro-Gynecology and Gynecology. This unit also serves medical patients who require transfusions and infusion of medication.

The unit provides the continuum of care through the surgical process of assessment, surgery, post anesthetic care and discharge for its patients. As a teaching facility our EOPS nurses partake in weekly educational sessions and have access to professionally affiliated conferences and educational development.