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Perioperative Evaluation & Treatment Service (POETS)

Everyone involved in your care has all the information needed.

What is POETS?

As you prepare for surgery, ChristianaCare’s new Perioperative Evaluation & Treatment Service — we call it POETS — helps to make sure everyone involved in your care has all of the information needed for a safe and successful surgery. This includes your surgeon, your specialists, your primary care physician, and the doctors, nurses and staff who will care for you while you are in the hospital.

Planning your Care

Once you are scheduled for surgery, you may receive a phone call from a ChristianaCare pre-op nurse who will ask you several screening questions. The answers you provide will give your surgeon and medical team important information as they plan your care.

If we need more information about your health to help prepare for your surgery, you may receive a second phone call from a staff assistant with the POETS program to schedule an appointment with our specially trained Perioperative Evaluation and Treatment Team.

What to Expect

During your visit you will meet our nurse practitioner or hospitalist to complete the following:

  • Physical exam.
  • Comprehensive review of your past and current medical history, past surgeries and current medications.
  • Assessment of your heart, lungs, kidneys liver, diabetes, and anemia risks.
  • Instructions for the day of surgery.

You will also receive educational materials to help guide your care:

  • What to expect before your surgery.
  • What to expect while you are in the hospital.
  • What you will need to do once you return home to reduce your risk of complications as well as to recognize and get help for complications.

Your 45-minute POETS appointment may be held in-person, by phone or by video visit. A support person is welcome to join in-person phone or video appointments.

Please know that you may be sent for additional lab tests. A member of our team may call you to follow-up on needed lab work and tests.

Your POETS team will share information from your appointment with your primary care physician, specialists and surgeon to ensure you are ready for surgery and to equip them with all of the information they need to provide the best possible care.

Program Benefits

Our POETS program helps to better prepare you for surgery and reduce the chance of your surgery being cancelled. We review all of your medical information to put together the entire clinical picture.

The ChristianaCare POETS team looks forward to preparing you for a safe, successful surgery and a quick, complication-free recovery.

Call 302-733-7370 or email POETS@christianacare.org for additional information.

Your Own Expert Care Team

When you choose to establish care with one of our expert primary care providers, you will be linked with a nurse and a Patient Digital Ambassador (PDA) that are part of their accompanying care team.

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