In the operating theatre


In your room, before you go into theatre, a nurse will probably administer your premedication. This is prescribed by your anaesthetist to help you to relax and to prepare you for the anaesthetic.


Then an orderly will take you to theatre. The operating theatre is situated on the lower ground floor (RDC bas) at the Polyclinique du Parc.

Sometimes there is a short time to wait before the operation. Often this is when you will be fitted with a line to accommodate an infusion.

Then you will be taken into the operating theatre. First of all you will be fitted with monitors (pulse oximeter, electrocardiogram and blood pressure cuff) to provide vital information which will be recorded for the duration of the anaesthetic.

Oximeter and electrocardioscope
The oximeter
An oximeter measures in a non-invasive manner oxygen levels in the blood (arterial oxygen saturation) using a sensor with a red light placed on a finger or on the earlobe. It gives the saturation level by percentage of the normal level which is set at 95 to 100%. It also shows the heart rate in real time.
The electrocardioscope
Using mobile graphics, the electrocardioscope continuously traces the activity of the heart on a screen in real time.
The electrical signals from the heart are gathered by electrodes applied to the skin. It is completely painless.

Patient under general anaesthetic
Warming unit

Your anaesthetic, whatever type it is, will be administered in a special room, with the appropriate equipment adapted to your needs and which is checked before each use. Any equipment that touches your body is either disposable, disinfected or sterilised. There will be a warming unit so that you do not feel cold when you wake up.

The anaesthetist, assisted by a specially trained nurse, will administer your anaesthetic.

Patient in the recovery room

After your operation, you will be taken to the recovery room, next to the operating theatre. You will wake up here in this specially adapted area fitted with all the latest technical equipment. You will be under the care of a nurse with the anaesthetist close by.

The period in the recovery room ensures:

  • constant observation and checking of the vital functions just after surgery ;
  • post-operative pain relief ;
  • treatment of any complications arising in the waking-up phase.

You will be taken back to your room after a certain time in the recovery unit. This depends on the seriousness of the operation; the type of anaesthetic; and your general state of health.

During the anaesthetic and your time in the recovery room, the nurses caring for you are specially trained and under the responsibility of the anaesthetist.