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Perioperative Medicine Clinic (POM)

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Medical Office Building 2, Suite 320
401 Bicentennial Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Perioperative Medicine (POM) and Preop Nurse Educator appointments are usually scheduled by surgery schedulers when patients are given their surgery date.  We created this page so that you can get the most from these appointments, and to provide you with information that will make your path to surgery as simple and easy as possible.

Perioperative Medicine (POM) Appointments

The Perioperative Medicine (POM) Clinic is a division of the Department of Anesthesiology that is staffed by physicians specializing in hospital based medicine and physician assistants (PAs) who have been given special training in evaluating and preparing patients for surgery. These clinicians work closely with the Department of Anesthesiology to evaluate and prepare patients for surgery. POM appointments are either telephone appointments with a PA or a clinic visit with a physician.  Your surgeon selects the type of appointment based on the complexity of the surgical procedure and your medical history.  As part of your evaluation you may expect that your POM provider will:

• Review your medical history and medications
• Review pertinent medical tests
• Order any additional medical tests  necessary to make sure it is safe to proceed with surgery
• Communicate any concerns that may arise to your anesthesiologist and/or surgeon, as appropriate

Intake Questionnaire for Elective Cases

Perioperative Medicine Pre- Visit Questionnaire

Preoperative Nurse Educator

In addition to POM appointment, you may have been scheduled an appointment with a Preoperative Nurse Educator.  The nurse will perform an assessment and an individualized nursing plan of care will be designed for you.  The nurse will also provide you with information to help you prepare for your surgery, such as information regarding pain management and pneumonia prevention.

Preparing for your surgery

Step 1 – Preparing for your POM Appointment

  • Have a complete list of your medications, including over-the-counter medications, available for your appointment.
  • Make sure you tell your POM provider if you or a family member have experienced any problems with anesthesia.

Step 2 – Your Anesthesia Care

On the day of surgery an anesthesiologist will review your medical history, including the electronic records from your POM appointment, and perform any necessary physical examination relevant to the anesthesia.  The type of anesthetic that is judged best for you will be discussed, including benefits, risks, and alternative techniques when appropriate.  The anesthesiologist will answer your questions and address concerns about anesthesia.  Appropriate preoperative medication, such as sedatives and anti-nausea medications, will be prescribed for nurses to administer prior to your surgery.

Before, during, and after your operation, you will receive comprehensive anesthetic care to assure your utmost safety and comfort throughout the surgical experience.  The Department of Anesthesiology utilizes an Anesthesia Care Team approach, which includes Anesthesiologists and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) working closely in a collaborative fashion under the medical direction of the anesthesiologist.  State-of-the art medical technology will be used to minimize pain and anxiety, and maintain all of your vital functions in a smooth and stable fashion.

Step 3 – Preparing for your Procedure

You may learn more about your surgery with the “Prepare for Your Procedure (EMMI)” program. This short video will provide you with a clear sense of what to expect before, during and after your procedure.

The program can be viewed at home, a Kaiser Permanente Health Education Center, or anywhere with internet access:

Prepare for Your Procedure (EMMI)


If you are expecting to stay overnight at the hospital, please view the pneumonia prevention education video and handout:

Pneumonia prevention education video and handout

Learn how to use the guided imagery by listening to the “Prepare for Successful Surgery” program on your computer or downloading it to your portable device:

Guided Imagery Podcasts

Step 4 – The Day of Your Surgery

Two business days before surgery: you will receive a phone call telling you what time to arrive and when to stop eating and drinking.  Please follow these instructions carefully or your surgery may be cancelled.

At home on the day of surgery:
1. Take a bath or shower before coming in for your surgery. Do not apply lotions, perfumes, deodorants, hair products, and alcohol based products or nail polish.
2. Do NOT shave the surgical site.
3. Brush your teeth, and rinse your mouth, but do not swallow
4. Remove all jewelry, piercings, and contact lenses.
5. Leave your valuables at home.
6. Wear loose fitting comfortable clothing.
7. Pack an overnight bag if you are staying overnight.
8. If for emergency reasons you need to cancel or postpone your surgery, please call

• If surgery in main hospital: 707-393-4670
• If surgery in Outpatient Surgery Department:  707-566-5592
Hospital or Ambulatory Surgery Center:
1. Bring your Kaiser Permanente Card, photo ID, and cash or credit card for co-pay.
2. If not already provided, bring your Advanced Directive form for scanning.
3. Bring a list of medicines, vitamins, supplements, or herbal remedies that you are taking.  The list should include date and time the medications were last taken.
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