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“ICU and Med Surg Unit – everyone went above and beyond to keep me comfortable. They including the Respiratory aides were all good to me. Everyone took great care of me. Dietary staff was very pleasant. All the nurses were great and tended to my every need with a pleasant attitude. The doctors were great and was very informative and made me smile! Everyone at the Meadowlands Hospital was very nice to my family.”
— Susan S., Meadowlands Hospital HCAHPS/3West Patient, June 2017
“My nurses were amazing and the candlelight dinner was great! (MHMC staff) made sure my visitors were comfortable. Doctors always kept me informed of my son’s health. On discharge, nurses made sure I knew what I needed to take care of myself at home. I really loved my stay at this hospital.”
— Shanice R., Meadowlands Hospital HCAHPS/Postpartum Patient, April 2017
“All staff at the Meadowlands Hospital were concerned and helpful.”
— Mary C., Meadowlands Hospital Emergency Room Patient, July 2017
Exams With Contrast
Be sure to pick up RediCat2 and drink 1 bottle 9pm the night before the exam. A 2nd bottle will be drunk 1 hour prior to exam.
Exams must be scheduled during the day, before 1pm. If the appointment is in the morning, you must be NPO (fasting) from midnight. If the exam is for the afternoon, you may eat very light meals, and NPO for 3 hours before exam.
You are expected to be at the Radiology Department/Out Patient Registration a minimum of 30 minutes before your exam.
When Blood Work is Needed
Blood work is needed for all patients over 60 years old. In addition, please let us know if you are a diabetic, hypertensive or have kidney problems. If you have diabetes, hypertension or have kidney problems, you must have blood work done prior to the exam, particularly a BUN, Creatinine and GFR. (The technologists need this information to determine if you can have the contrast. If the levels are out of normal range, the kidneys may not filter the contrast.) If you have had blood work within the previous 14 days, you do not need a new test. Just call the doctor for a copy of the results. If not, you will need a prescription for the blood work, and you will either have to come in the day before, or the morning of your test. The exam will not be performed without the results.
If You have any Allergies
Please let us know if you have any allergies. Allergies to iodine are especially important to know. If you have a history of allergies, 50mg Prednisone PO 12 hours, 6 hours and 1 hour prior to CT will be prescribed.
If You are on Dialysis
If you are on hemodialysis, you must have your dialysis within 24 hours after your IV contrast administration. This will allow the contrast to be flushed out of your system through dialysis.
If the Clinical Reason is Appendicitis
If you have appendicitis, you may be waiting approximately 2 hours for the actual scan once you ingest the contrast media.
If You are from a Nursing Home
You must be accompanied by an aide or with a family member for the duration of your stay in the Radiology Department.
If the Patient is a Pediatric Patient
We will confirm the type of contrast to be used with the pediatrician. If the doctor specifies an I.V., his office will let you know. If you are the parent(s) or guardian(s) confirming the appointment, please take the time to explain this to your child. All children need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Exams Without Contrast
Non-contrast exams may be scheduled anytime.
Be sure to be at the Radiology Department/Outpatient Registration a minimum of 30 minutes before your exam.
If You are from a Nursing Home
The patient must be accompanied by an aide or with a family member for the duration of your stay in the Radiology Department.
If You are a Pediatric Patient
The patient must be accompanied by a parent/guardian for the duration of their stay in the Radiology Department.