Care

Hospitalization

When will the operation be performed?

The operation is usually performed on the same day as your hospitalization. In this case, you must arrive with an empty stomach. Stop eating and drinking six hours before the procedure.

Hospital stays last an average of five days.

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If you take some medications, this may require hospitalization the day before or a few days before surgery.

Heart attacks: acting without delay

Time also plays a vital role in the management of myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack. The faster treatment is given, the better the prognosis. To accelerate medical procedures and save lives, the HUG has set up a pre-hospital alarm system or STEMI (STElevation Myocardial Infarction) alarm in 2006, which speeds up the patient's care and allows direct access to the cath lab, without going through the ER.

Easing the pain

Whether caused by an illness or operation, pain can cause significant suffering, both physical and psychological. Since 2003, the HUG has been pursuing an institutional program aimed at improving the assessment, treatment and monitoring of pain. Pain caused by treatment is a key focus.

Treating pain

Tailored to suit you

Most pain is relieved satisfactorily by combining: 

  • drugs
  • physiotherapy, massages, application of heat / cold
  • relaxation, hypnosis
  • psychotherapy
  • techniques to deaden or stimulate the nerve

Numerous drugs exist that are capable of efficiently relieving the pain (paracetamol, anti-inflammatory drugs, opiates, etc.). The treatment depends on the cause of the pain, how bad it is and what kind of pain it is, and should take into account any previous history.

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