The much-awaited Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Naples opened its doors in late January. The ASC is located on the 2nd floor of the present free standing Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. The state of the art facility has two operating rooms and six admission and recovery bays to allow the physicians and staff the ability to provide our patients with the care that has ranked Bascom Palmer number one for the past 16 years in a row. Each operating room is equipped with identical equipment to provide for flexibility in doing cases. The admission and recovery bays are equipped the same for flexibility in caring for patients and meeting their needs.
When a patients is seen in the clinic and surgery is determined to be necessary the patients sit with a Registered Nurse and they are given the surgical instructions and their questions are answered. The patient then meets with the surgical scheduler. Their surgery date is scheduled and additional instructions are given. The patients are called 1-2 business days prior to their surgery and given the time of their surgery and final instructions.
After the initial cases, the ASC has opened to a full surgery schedule. In these following weeks surgeries in most specialties have been done, including Corneal, Retinal and Oculoplastics. The facility is fully computerized. This includes all patient care areas and the family waiting room. The family is given a specific identifier to track their family member on the TV screen in the waiting room. They can follow their loved one from the pre-operative area into the operating room and then to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). This helps to ease their minds and gives them the feeling of involvement in the patients care.
When the surgery is complete,the surgeon speaks to the family member in the private consult room. The family is then brought back to PACU shortly thereafter to get the discharge instructions and have any questions answered that they may have.
The facility is staffed with an Anesthesiologist, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, an all RN staff, Certified Surgical Technologists and a Certified Instrument Technician. Prior to opening the staff was afforded the ability to have hands on training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in both Miami and Palm Beach Gardens for several weeks to assure the competency on the new equipment that is required to provide care to our patients.The Bascom Palmer Naples Surgery Center is ready to treat all your surgical eye needs. Let us help you with your vision to see the future more clearly.