For Patients & Families

Inpatient Care

Though you won’t need to pack too heavily, you may want to bring some items from your home such as your bathrobe, slippers, pajamas (we can provide them if you don’t want to bring any), toothbrush, toothpaste and other toiletries.

It’s also a good idea to bring a small amount of cash for newspapers, postage stamps and other miscellaneous items while you’re staying at Backus. Please do not bring large sums of money or especially valuable items as Backus Hospital is not responsible for any personal belongings or money that is left behind in a patient’s room.

To ensure patient safety, we ask that you please do not bring any electrical appliances, such as DVD players, VCRs, CD players etc to the hospital. We do however allow appliances that are powered by batteries. Laptop computers are allowed and complimentary wireless Internet access is available in all areas of the hospital. We also advise against wearing high-heeled shoes or boots and would recommend that you wear loose and comfortable clothing.

If you’re being admitted for surgery

Every patient and every case are unique, and because of this, your physician will have a special plan of action in place for your situation.

Special instructions will be provided in regard to  food, medication, anesthesia and other issues relevant to your procedure. Before your surgery takes place, you will have the opportunity to meet with your anesthesiologist. This is a good thing, because they’re a big part of the team in keeping you comfortable!

After your operation is completed, you will be brought to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), which a nursing unit for recovery after surgical operations. From the PACU, you may be taken to the Critical Care Unit, in the event that you need more intensive monitoring. If not, you’ll be brought back to your hospital room.

Throughout your time in surgery and the PACU, your family and friends will be continually informed on your progress through the family liaison designated for your case.