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1,000 calorie diet: Daily journal  
Abstract: This handout provides a journal for patients to record their daily food intake and exercise when they are on a 1,000 calorie diet. It includes a serving exchange guide.
Author: Nutrition Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 11/2012
1,000 calorie meal plan  
Abstract: This one-page flyer provides spaces to fill in "actual meals and snacks for 1 day" and compare them to "my new 1,000 calorie meal plan."
Author: Nutrition Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 11/2012
1,000 calories a day: Sample diet (3-day menu)  
Abstract: This handout provides sample menus that provide a total of 1,000 calories a day.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 4/2010
1,200 calorie diet: Daily journal  
Abstract: This handout provides a journal for patients to record their daily food intake and exercise when they are on a 1,200 calorie diet. It includes a serving exchange guide.
Author: Nutrition Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 11/2012
1,200 calorie meal plan  
Abstract: This one-page flyer provides spaces to fill in "actual meals and snacks for 1 day" and compare them to "my new 1,200 calorie meal plan."
Author: Nutrition Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 11/2012
12-hour urine collection: Step-by-step instructions  
Abstract: This handout for pregnant women explains how to collect urine and how to store it when doing a 12-hour urine collection.
Author: Perinatal Education
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
24-hour pH study: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect when having a 24-hour pH study of the esophagus at University of Washington Medical Center. It gives instructions to follow before the study.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 1/2016
24-hour urine collection: For osteoporosis and bone diseases  
Abstract: This handout explains 24-hour urine collection, which tests for urine calcium as part of diagnosing osteoporosis or other bone diseases. Included are step-by-step directions for collecting the urine, as well as other instructions to follow.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 1/2008
24-hour urine collection  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients to use in collecting urine over a 24-hour period at home. It lists tips for careful collections, equipment needed, how to do the collection, how to finish, and where to return the collection jug. It also provides phone numbers to call with questions.
Author: Patient and Family Education Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 8/2014
7-day fluid intake/urine output record sheet  
Abstract: This one-page flyer gives patients a place to record their fluid intake and urine output by date, time, and quantity.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 9/2010
Abdominal perineal resection: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect and how to prepare for abdominal perineal resection, surgery to remove the rectum and anus. This surgery is usually done to treat cancer.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 11/2014
Abdominal vascular surgery: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for and what to expect after having abdominal vascular surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 5/2011
Abdominoplasty or panniculectomy: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery from abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or panniculectomy surgery.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 4/2017
About behavioral restraints: Information for patients and families  
Abstract: This flyer describes the patient safety and special care issues related to the use of behavioral restraints. UWMC's philosophy of restraint use is outlined.
Author: Med-Psychiatry/7N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 8/2004
Aboutbunions and bunionettes  
Abstract: This brochure explains what a bunion is, how it forms, why they cause pain and treatment for bunions, from conservative treatment to surgery.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 6/2009
About hair transplantation: Helping you understand your procedure  
Abstract: This handout describes how to prepare for and what to expect from hair transplantation. Patients should read this handout before reading and signing the form "Hair Transplantation."
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 8/2007
About restraints: information for patients and families  
Abstract: This handout explains how and why restraints are used to maintain patient safety. UWMC philosophy about restraint use is discussed.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 9/2003
About the Hand Center  
Abstract: This handout reviews care guidelines for patients visiting the Hand Center at UWMC. Included are instructions to follow: after diagnostic tests, when scheduling elective surgery or occupational/physical therapy, when needing pain medicine, and when returning to work after surgery.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 6/2008
About the Medicine Consult Service: At University of Washington Medical Center  
Abstract: This handout for patients a University of Washington Medical Center explains the services provided by the Medicine Consult Service. It includes a list of what patients should bring to their consult visit, and what to expect during the visit.
Author: Pre-Anesthesia Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 5/2014
About your appointment: Retrograde semen collection  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow when having a retrograde semen collection appointment. Included are how to prepare, what to expect during the appointment, and when to expect test results.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your appointment: Semen and urine collection  
Abstract: This handout explains how semen and urine are collected for testing. This test will show if sperm is being ejaculated into the bladder instead of the urethra. Included are instructions for the day of collection, and what to expect during and after the collection is completed.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your colposcopy: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout describes the colposcopy procedure, which is done to help find the cause of an abnormal Pap smear. It also provides instructions for self-care after the procedure.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 6/2016
About your follow-up visit: Information for Plastic Surgery patients  
Abstract: This handout gives follow-up appointment information for Plastic Surgery patients at Harborview Medical Center. It includes written directions for finding the clinic.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2015
About your hand surgery: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout provides care instructions to follow after hand surgery. It also answers many common questions about hand surgery.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 11/2007
About your hysterosalpingogram: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout for women who are having a hysteroslpingogram exam at University Reproductive Care explains how to prepare for the exam and what to expect.
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 2/2016
About your LEEP procedure: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout describes the loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) which is done to remove an abnormal area on the cervix. Precautions for after the procedure is done are listed.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 9/2011
About your medicines: For lung transplant patients  
Abstract: This handout for lung transplant patients describes many of the medicines that must be taken after transplantation. These include immunosuppressants, anti-infectives and antifungals, antivirals, and other supplements and drugs. It includes a short warning about drug-food interactions and a sample list of what drugs a lung transplant patient is likely to take, including times of day.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 6/2016
About your pain management: Answers to common questions about opioids  
Abstract: This handout outlines the goals of pain management treatment with opioids. It also reviews the guidelines the patient is expected to follow, information about risks and benefits, and how to get refills.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 5/2013
About your procedure: Sperm retrieval (microTESE)  
Abstract: This handout explains microsurgical testicular sperm extraction (microTESE). It includes instructions to follow before and after the procedure.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 1/2016
About your procedure: Testicular fine needle aspiration mapping  
Abstract: This handout explains testicular fine needle aspiration (FNA) mapping. This procedure is used to determine the presence, density, and location of sperm. Included are specific instructions for preparing for the procedure and what to expect afterward.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your procedure: Urethral cystoscopy  
Abstract: This handout for men explains what to expect and how to prepare for a urethral cystoscopy at the Men's Health Center at University of Washington Medical Center. This procedure is done to diagnose problems in the bladder and urethra.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your procedure: UroLift  
Abstract: This handout describes a UroLift procedure to treat an enlarged prostate. It also gives instructions to follow before and after the procedure.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 1/2016
About your procedure: Vasectomy  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect after having a vasectomy. It includes specific instructions for the day of the procedure, self-care afterward, and instructions for the follow-up visit for semen analysis.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2016
About your surgery experience: Getting ready for your surgery at University of Washington Medical Center   Arabic
Abstract: This booklet explains what to expect when having surgery at UWMC. It includes pre-surgery clinic visit, medicine restrictions before surgery, anesthesia, what happens the day and morning before surgery, arriving at the hospital, what happens in the pre-operating area and recovery room, and home care instructions. Helpful phone numbers and maps are also included.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 5/2016
About your surgery: Hydrocele repair  
Abstract: This handout describes what a hydrocele is and gives instructions to follow before and after hydrocele repair surgery.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your surgery: Penile plication  
Abstract: This handout explains penile plication, which is surgery to correct a curved penis. Included are what happens during and after surgery, self-care at home, and possible side effects or complications.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your surgery: Penile prosthesis  
Abstract: This handout explains penile prosthetic surgery. This surgery is done to correct sexual dysfunction. Included are what to expect after surgery, cautions, possible side effects or complications, and other options to consider besides surgery.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your procedure: Simple orchiectomy  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for a simple orchiectomy, which is surgery to remove one or both testicles. It tells what to expect after surery and gives important self-care instructions.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 2/2017
About your surgery: Spermatocelectomy  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect after having spermatocelectomy surgery. This is surgery to remove a spermatocele, which is a cyst that forms behind the testicles.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your surgery: Testis prosthesis  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect after having testis prosthesis surgery.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your surgery: Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)  
Abstract: This handout describes a transurethral resection of the prostate. It also gives instructions to follow before and after the surgery.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 3/2017
About your surgery: Varicocele repair  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect after having surgery to repair varicoceles. These dilated veins can cause infertility, pain, and testicular atrophy.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your surgery: Vasectomy reversal  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect after having surgery to reverse a vasectomy. This surgery is done to help couples reach their long-term family planning goals.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2016
About your treatment: Kegel exercises  
Abstract: This handout explains how to do Kegel exercises to improve bladder control. It includes healthy habits to help with bladder control, and a weekly record for keeping track of when you do the exercises.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 8/2013
Acetylcysteine: To treat pulmonary fibrosis  
Abstract: This handout explains acetylcysteine, a supplement used to help reduce lung damage from oxidation. Included are usual doses, where to buy it, and possible side effects.
Author: Pulmonary Clinic/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2011
Achalasia: What it is and how it is treated  
Abstract: This in-depth handout describes achalasia, a rare disorder that keeps food and liquid from easily entering the stomach. It includes symptoms, different types of treatment, and detailed illustrations.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Active hand exercises  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions for active hand exercises. These exercises are provided by Occupational Therapy for patients to do at home.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 11/2011
Active wrist exercises  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions for active wrist exercises. These exercises are provided by Occupational Therapy for patients to do at home.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 11/2011
Activities of daily living after abdominal surgery  
Abstract: This handout guides recovery after abdominal surgery. It includes general precautions, and how to protect your abdomen with step-by-step instructions on how to get into and out of bed, stand up from sitting, get dressed, and take a shower.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 6/2012
Activities of daily living after heart surgery: Guidelines for maintaining sternal precautions  
Abstract: This handout provides general precautions to protect the sternum after heart surgery. Included are tips for performing activities of daily living (ADLs) while maintaining sternal precautions: how to get into and out of bed, how to stand up from a chair or toilet, how to get dressed and do other personal hygiene routines.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 1/2016
Activities of daily living after lung surgery: Sternal precautions (clamshell incision, sternotomy)  
Abstract: This handout gives activity guidelines to follow after having lung surgery. It includes tips on protecting the sternum, getting in and out of bed, standing up, getting dressed, and other activities of daily living.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 1/2011
Acyclovir: Anti-viral medicine (Heart Transplant Manual)  
Abstract: This appendix to the Heart Transplant Manual explains the medication acyclovir, prescribed for heart transplant patients.
Author: Cardiac Transplant Service
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 10/2012
Adalimumab: Humira  
Abstract: This handout explains the drug adalimumab. It includes how to take it, what to expect, possible side effects, and cautions.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 3/2011
Adjustable gastric banding: Dietary guidelines  
Abstract: This handout gives information about general nutrition and the 2 phases of liquid diet patients go through after bariatric surgery.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 2/2010
Adrenalectomy: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This booklet outlines what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery from adrenalectomy (removal of an adrenal tumor). Both laparoscopic and open surgery are described, as well as precautions and self-care to speed recovery and when to call the doctor.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 2/2010
After anorectal surgery: Self-care to help your recovery  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to help recovery after anorectal surgery. Included are sections on sitz baths, activity level, diet, medication, bowel movements, and infection.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 12/2014
After breast reconstruction: Self-care to speed your recovery  
Abstract: This handout explains how to change your activities while you are recovering from breast reconstruction surgery.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012
After DIEP flap breast reconstruction: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow at home after having DIEP flap breast reconstruction at University of Washington Medical Center.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2017
After discharge  
Abstract: This one-page flyer supplies blank spaces for clinicians to fill in and give to a patient at discharge. Included are spaces for doctor's name and procedure, activity restrictions, self-care instructions (incision and dressing care, pain medicine), when to call the doctor, and the time and date of the follow-up appointment. Space is also provided for the patient's information label.
Author: 4S (Special Procedure Unit)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 8/2009
After donating bone marrow for the NMDP: Self-care instructions  
Abstract: This handout explains self-care instructions after donating bone marrow for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP).
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 9/2011
After donating bone marrow for your family member: Self-care instructions  
Abstract: This handout explains self-care instructions after donating bone marrow for a family member.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 9/2011
After hair transplantation surgery: Care instructions  
Abstract: This handout describes self-care after hair transplantation surgery.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 8/2007
What to do after hemorrhoidal banding  
Abstract: This flyer explains what to expect after hemorrhoidal banding, in which special rubber bands are applied to hemorrhoids to cut off their blood supply.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 12/2014
After sclerotherapy injections: Instructions for care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients to follow at home after receiving sclerotherapy injections for varicose veins. Included are explanations about Coban bandages, compression stockings, how to manage pain, and when to call the clinic.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 5/2011
After sedation: Guidelines to follow  
Abstract: This flyer explains what to expect and guidelines to follow after receiving sedation for a procedure. It also includes instructions to follow when taking narcotic pain medicines.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 8/2010
After you swallow the SmartPill  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow when taking a SmartPill test. It includes how to use the data recorder, what to record, and when to return for a follow-up visit.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
After your abdominal surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout is for women who have recently had abdominal surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It explains what to expect during the recovery time, and includes sections on activity precautions, managing pain, eating and drinking, incision care, bowel and bladder problems, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 11/2013
After your angiogram: Important self-care instructions  
Abstract: This handout gives important self-care instructions to follow after your angiogram, including safety precautions and wound care.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: Harborview Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2012
After your ASD/PFO closure: Self-care after your procedure  
Abstract: This handout gives care instructions to follow for the first few days after a procedure called an ASD/PFO closure. ASD/PFO is short for atrial septal defect/patent foramen ovale.
Author: Cardiac Procedures
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 5/2016
After your baclofen trial: Follow-up and self-care  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients to follow after having an injection of baclofen, a muscle relaxant and antispastic drug. Included are side effects, site care, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 7/2011
After your blood draw: Hematoma care instructions  
Abstract: This handout explains what to do if a hematoma forms after you have a blood draw. A hematoma is a swollen area that is filled with blood. It may form at the puncture site after a blood draw.
Author: Laboratory Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 10/2013
After your bone biopsy: Precautions and self-care  
Abstract: This handout gives important instructions to follow after having a bone biopsy.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 1/2012
After your bone marrow biopsy: Important self-care instructions  
Abstract: This handout gives important self-care instructions to follow after your bone marrow biopsy. It includes safety precautions and when to call your doctor.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2012
After your Botox vocal cord injection  
Abstract: This handout explains what symptoms may occur after a Botox vocal cord injection, which is done to treat adductor spasmodic dysphonia.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 1/2016
After your Bravo pH capsule study: Self-care and warning signs  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after having a Bravo pH capsule study at University of Washington Medical Center.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2015
After your cardiac electrophysiology ablation: Self-care after your ablation  
Abstract: This handout explains self-care and precautions after having a cardiac electrophysiology ablation, including site care and when to call the doctor.
Author: Cardiac Procedures
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 4/2016
After your cardiac electrophysiology study: Self-care after your study  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions for patients to follow after having an electrophysiology study. Sections include "If You Had Sedation," "Pain Medicine," "Site Care," and "When to Call."
Author: Cardiac Procedures
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 1/2016
After your coronary intervention procedure: steps to a healthy heart   Japanese
Abstract: Discusses ways to improve life after coronary intervention procedure such as percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), percutaneous transluminal coronary rotational ablation (PTCRA), directional coronary artherectomy (DCA) and intercoronary stent. Includes guidelines for home care, medications, smoking, diet, cholesterol, weight reduction, exercise, and stress management. Includes table of recommended dietary choices.
Author: Cardiac Diagnostic Services/5NE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 12/2010
After your craniofacial surgery: Information for Plastic Surgery patients  
Abstract: This handout for Plastic Surgery patients at Harborview Medical Cneter gives self-care instructions after craniofacial surgery.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2015
After your De Quervain's release surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to ease De Quervain's disease, a form of tendonitis. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your distal radius fracture surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to repair a distal radius fracture. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 5/2012
After your drain is placed: Important self-care instructions  
Abstract: This handout gives important self-care instructions to follow after your drain is placed. It includes safety precautions and drain site care.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2012
After your drain is removed: Important self-care instructions  
Abstract: This handout gives important self-care instructions to follow after a drain is removed. It includes safety precautions and drain site care.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2012
After your Dupuytren's contracture release surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to ease a condition called Dupuytren's contracture. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2011
After your egg retrieval without embryo transfer: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout explains self-care and what to expect after egg retrieval procedure. It includes information about activities, medicines, and when to call for help.
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 7/2016
After your egg retrieval: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout explains self-care and what to expect after an egg retrieval procedure during in vitro fertilization (IVF). It includes information about activities, medicines, and when to call the doctor.
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 7/2016
After your electrical cardioversion: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives important self-care instructions for patients to follow at home after having an electrical cardioversion. It includes guidelines on activity limits, safety precautions, bathing, skin care, and eating. It also lists symptoms that require a call to the doctor or 911.
Author: Cardiac Procedures
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 4/2016
After your endometrial ablation: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout is for women who recently had an endometrial ablation at University of Washington Medical Center. It explains what to expect during the recovery time. It includes sections on personal care, bleeding and vaginal discharge, diet, activity restrictions, pain, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 11/2013
After you endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after endoscopic surgery to release carpal tunnel. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your Essure placement: What you should know  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions after having an Essure device placed for permanent birth control, and tells what symptoms require a call to the doctor or nurse.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
After your eye surgery: Care instructions  
Abstract: This handout explains care instructions to follow after eye surgery, including steps for putting in eye drops or ointment, tips to assist healing, and when to call the doctor or nurse, if needed.
Author: Ambulatory Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 4/2008
After your fibular free flap: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow at home after fibular free flap surgery. This surgery is done to fill a hole in either the upper or lower jaw. It is often done to replace bone that has been removed for cancer treatment.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2011
After your flexor tendon repair surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to repair flexor tendons in the hand. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your gamma knife treatment: Self-care  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow after your gamma knife treatment at Harborview Medical Center.
Author: Alvord Brain Tumor Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 8/2016
After your ganglion cyst excision surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to remove a ganglion cyst. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your gynecologic surgery: What to expect during your hospital stay  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect after gynecologic surgery at UW Medical Center and how to plan for recovery at home. It includes a brief description of UWMC care team members, what it means to be in a "teaching hospital," how long to expect to stay in the hospital, pain management concerns, and activity recommendations.
Author: Gynecologic Oncology/6NE/7SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 8/2016
After your hand fracture surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to repair a broken hand bone. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your hand surgery: Care instructions  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for care following hand surgery, including how to handle pain, nausea, constipation, itching, and swelling. Also includes dressing instructions for various types of surgery: carpal tunnel, trigger fingers, ganglion cysts, fractures/broken bones, radial breaks, ligament repair, hand tenolysis, Dupuytrens release, and hardware removal.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 9/2012
After your cardiac catheterization (transradial approach): Self-care after your test  
Abstract: This handout gives care instructions to follow for the first few days after having a cardiac catheterization using the transradial approach. This type of catheteriziation is done through an artery in the patient's wrist.
Author: Cardiac Procedures
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 5/2016
After your hysteroscopy: What you should know  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions after having a hysteroscopy, and explains what symptoms require a call to the doctor or nurse.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
After your ileostomy: Getting ready to leave the hospital and self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout for ileostomy patients lists what you will need to know before you leave the hospital. It also covers self-care at home, including foods to eat and foods to avoid. Other sections cover when to call the doctor or ostomy nurse, fluid and salt balance, and avoiding bowel problems. Three pages of blank "Daily Intake and Output Charts" are included, for recording intake of liquid and output of stool and urine.
Author: Wound and Ostomy Care Service
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 12/2015
After your iliac crest free flap: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow at home after iliac crest free flap surgery. This surgery is done to fill a hole in either the upper or lower jaw. It is often done to replace bone that has been removed for cancer treatment.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2011
After your implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) generator change: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout provides information that will be helpful after having an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) generator change. It includes wound care, activity restrictions, and special long-term precautions.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 7/2014
After your implantable port is placed: Important self-care instructions  
Abstract: This handout gives important self-care instructions to follow after an implantable port is placed. It includes safety precautions and caring for the port and port incision.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2012
After your implantable port is removed: Important self-care instructions  
Abstract: This handout gives important self-care instructions to follow after your implantable port is removed. It includes safety precautions and incision care.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2012
After your implanted port is placed: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after you have had an implanted port placed. It includes activity restrictions, guidelines about eating and medicines, and when to call your doctor or nurse.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012
After your injection for pain control: Self-care and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to do and what to expect after having an injection for pain control.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 9/2015
After your injection: What to do at home  
Abstract: This handout is for patients at UW Medicine Sports & Spine Clinic and the UW Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium. It gives instructions to follow after receiving an injection.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 12/2016
After your IVC filter is removed: Important self-care instructions  
Abstract: This handout gives important self-care instructions to follow after an IVC filter is removed. It includes safety precautions and when to call the nurse.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2012
After your laparoscopic gastric band is adjusted: Guidelines to follow  
Abstract: This handout gives specific dietary instructions to follow after having a laparoscopic gastric band adjusted. Included are symptoms that require a call to the nurse, eating guidelines for days 1 through 4 after the procedure, and tips for losing weight with a gastric band.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 12/2014
After your laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care guidelines to avoid problems after laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication surgery. It includes activity restrictions, dressing and skin care, showering instructions, dietary changes, medicine precautions, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 3/2015
After your laparoscopy: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout is for women who recently had a procedure called a laparoscopy at University of Washington Medical Center. It explains what to expect during the recovery time. It includes sections on pain, incision care, vaginal spotting, scopolamine patch, bathing, diet, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 11/2013
After your lateral epicondylar release surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery for release of a lateral epicondylar, also known as "tennis elbow." Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your latissimus dorsi free flap: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow at home after having latissimus dorsi free flap surgery. This surgery is one way to fille a hole in either the upper or the lower jaw. It is often done to replace bone that has been removed in cancer treatment.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 11/2011
After your cardiac catheterization: Self-care after your test  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions for patients to follow after having a left heart catheterization procedure. Topics include activity, pain management, site care, follow-up care, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Cardiac Procedures
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 4/2016
After your liver biopsy: discharge instructions  
Abstract: Provides instructions for care following a liver biopsy. Topics include resuming activing, managing pain, caring for the site, and reporting symptoms.
Author: Special Procedure Unit
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 1/2012
After your lumbar puncture: Important self-care instructions  
Abstract: This handout gives important self-care instructions to follow after a lumbar puncture. It includes safety precautions and when to call the doctor.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2012
After your mallet finger repair surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery for mallet finger repair. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your manometry of the esophagus: Self-care and warning signs  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after having a manometry of the esophagus at University of Washington Medical Center.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2015
After your manometry of the rectum: Self-care and warning signs  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients to follow after having a manometry of the rectum at University of Washington Medical Center.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2015
After your mucous cyst excision surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to remove a mucous cyst. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your myotomy: Self-care guidelines  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care guidelines to avoid problems after myotomy surgery. It includes activity restrictions, dressing and skin care, showering instructions, dietary changes, medicine precautions, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 3/2015
After your needle aponeurotomy  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after needle aponeurotomy, a procedure to treat Dupuytren's contracture that does not require surgery.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 9/2011
After your neurosurgery: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions for patients to follow at home after having neurosurgery at Harborview Medical Center. It includes incision care, activity guidelines, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2015
After your neurovascular angiogram: Self-care  
Abstract: This handout gives important self-care instructions to follow after a neurovascular angiogram. It includes safety precautions and wound care.
Author: Alvord Brain Tumor Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 8/2016
After your oral surgery: For patients at the School of Dentistry  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for UW School of Dentistry patients to follow after their oral surgery. It covers what to expect, self-care, swelling and bruising, activity and diet, and what not to do.
Author: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/6NE/6SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 6/2012
After your pacemaker generator change: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout provides information that will be helpful after having a pacemaker generator change. It includes wound care, activity restrictions, and special long-term precautions.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 7/2014
After your PIP joint replacement surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after finger joint replacement surgery. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 6/2011
After your pump or stimulator implant: Self-care instructions  
Abstract: This handout explains self-care after having a pump or stimulator implant. It includes safety precaution, activity restrictions, wound care, medicines, and when to call the clinic. Space is provided for the health care provider to fill in information about the follow-up visit 7 to 10 days after surgery.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 12/2011
After your pump or stimulator is placed: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow at home after having a pump or stimulator placed. Included are incision care, activity restrictions, when to call the Center for Pain Relief, and a space for filling in follow-up appointment information.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 7/2011
After your radial forearm free flap: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow at home after radial forearm free flap surgery. This surgery is done to fill a hole in either the upper or lower jaw. It is often done to replace bone that has been removed for cancer treatment.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2011
After your rectus abdominis free flap: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow at home after rectus abdominis free flap surgery. This surgery is done to fill a hole in either the upper or lower jaw. It is often done to replace bone that has been removed for cancer treatment.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2011
After your right heart catheterization (internal jugular vein approach): Self-care  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions for patients to follow after having a right heart catheterization. Topics include activity, pain management, site care, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Cardiac Procedures
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 1/2016
After your scaphoid fractures and non-unions surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to repair scaphoid fractures and non-unions. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2012
After your scapholunate ligament repair surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to repair scapholunate ligament ruptures. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your skin biopsy: Self-care after your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains how to care for the incision after a skin biopsy. It also includes what symptoms require a call to the doctor or clinic.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
About your surgery: Adult circumcision  
Abstract: This handout explains what an adult man can expect after having circumcision surgery.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
After your surgery: Adult frenuloplasty  
Abstract: This handout explains what an adult man can expect after having frenuloplasty surgery.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 4/2016
After your surgery: For gynecology oncology patients   Japanese
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for gynecology oncology patients to follow after their surgery, with specific notes for hysterectomy patients. Included are activity restrictions, symptoms that should be reported to the clinic, how to manage the combination of narcotic and non-narcotic pain medicines and their refills, and when to call for a follow-up visit.
Author: 7SE (Gyn-Oncology, Heme Oncology, Radiation Oncology)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2013
After your thigh free flap: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow at home after thigh free flap surgery. This surgery is done to fill a hole in either the upper or lower jaw. It is often done to replace bone that has been removed for cancer treatment.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2011
After your thoracentesis: Important self-care instructions  
Abstract: This handout gives important self-care instructions to follow after a thoracentesis. It includes safety precautions and puncture site care.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2012
After your thumb carpometacarpal joint arthroplasty surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery on a thumb carpometacarpal (CMC) joint. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2011
After your thumb collateral ligament repair surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to repair a thumb collateral ligament. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2011
After your total hip or knee surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains self-care at home after total hip or knee surgery. Included are what to do to prevent problems, home safety, recommended activities, and important phone numbers.
Author: Orthopedics/6SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 2/2012
After your triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) repair surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to repair a triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC), a small piece of cartilage and ligaments in the wrist. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your trigger finger or trigger thumb release surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to release trigger finger or trigger thumb, also called stenosing tenosynovitis. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your unneled catheter is placed: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after you have had a tunneled catheter placed. It includes activity restrictions, guidelines about eating and medicines, and when to call your doctor or nurse.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012
After your ulnar nerve submuscular transposition surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after ulnar nerve subcutaneous transposition surgery. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2011
After your X-rays in the EP lab: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives information about self-care after having X-rays and lists rare side effects that require a call to the doctor.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2011
Alternate access TAVR CareMap (transapical, subclavian, transaortic)  
Abstract: This CareMap for patients and their caregivers shows the care plan that is expected after having transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery with alternate access sites. The CareMap begins on the day of surgery (Day 0) and gives recovery steps through Day 5, when most patients are discharged from the hospital. (TAVR, aortic stenosis)
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 8/2014
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Recommendations: Antibiotics after joint replacement  
Abstract: This one-page handout is a table showing the different antibiotics recommended by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons for patients who have total joint replacement surgery. This handout can be given directly to a patient's health care provider before having a procedure that may bring bacteria into their bloodstream. Procedures listed include dental, ophthalmic (eyes), orthopaedic, vascular, esophageal, gastroduodenal, biliary tract, colorectal, head and neck, obstetric, gynecological, and genitourinary.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 9/2012
Anesthesia discharge instructions: For parents of children receiving anesthesia or sedation  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for parents to follow after their child has received anesthesia or sedation for radiation simulation, CT scan, MRI scan, or radiation treatment.
Author: Cancer Center/Department of Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 5/2008
Anesthesia for your radiology exam or procedure: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains general anesthesia, a medicine given for some radiology procedures and exams that might be uncomfortable or cause stress. It explains what to expect, how to prepare, and what to do after having general anesthesia.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 9/2014
Aneurysm clipping: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains aneurysm clipping, a surgery that is done to keep a weak artery from bursting. It includes how to prepare for the surgery, what to expect afterward, and self-care at home.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 9/2016
Aneurysm coiling and stent assisted coiling: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains aneurysm coiling and stent assisted coiling, procedures that are done to keep a weak artery from bursting. It includes how to prepare for the surgery, what to expect afterward, and self-care at home.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 9/2016
Carotid angiogram: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for a carotid angiogram, a test that studies the inside of the carotid arteries. Included are how the exam works, how it is performed, what to expect during the exam, and how to get the test results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 5/2017
Chest port: Port-a-cath  
Abstract: This handout explains what a chest port is and what to expect when you have this type of catheter. Detailed instructions are included for preparing for the procedure, and for self-care at home afterward. The handout includes images of the chest port and how it is placed and used.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 3/2017
Angiography: How to prepare and what to expect after your test  
Abstract: This handout is for patients who are scheduled for an angiography, with instructions on how to prepare for the test, and specific instructions for patients who have diabetes. It includes directions to find the 4-South unit at UWMC, instructions on what to do when arriving at the hospital, guidelines for activities after the test, and a list of symptoms that require a call to the doctor.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 3/2010
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement or removal  
Abstract: This handout explains what an inferior vena cava filter is and what to expect when you have one placed or removed. It includes instructions to follow before and after the procedure.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 3/2017
Percutaneous abdominal or pelvic drain: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what a percutaneous abdominal or pelvic drain is and what to expect when you have one. It includes why a drain may be placed, risks involved, and how to flush the drain and take care of the dressings.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 3/2017
Anti-platelet medicines: Clopidogrel and prasugrel  
Abstract: This handout explains why clopidogrel and prasugrel may be prescribed after a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In this procedure, a stent is placed in a blood vessel in the heart to keep it open and improve blood flow. The handout includes instructions on dosage, precautions, and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Cardiac Procedures
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 9/2011
Antibiotic treatment: Before and after a surgical revision of gastric bypass  
Abstract: This handout explains the process for cleaning the gastric pouch before and after having a surgical revision of an existing gastric bypass.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 6/2010
Antibiotics after breast implant: A lifelong precaution  
Abstract: This handout for women who have had a breast implant explains why it is important to take antibiotics before having dental work or medical procedures.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2017
Antibiotics after joint replacement: A lifelong precaution  
Abstract: This handout explains why patients who have had a joint replacement must take preventive antibiotics for dental work and procedures that involve the respiratory, digestive, or urinary tract. Included is a list of procedures that are a high risk for introducing bacteria into the bloodstream.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2012
Aortic valve replacement  
Abstract: Explains the five aortic valve replacement options -- mechanical valve, stented tissues valve, stentless tissue valve, aortic human tissue valve, (homograft) and the Ross procedure.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 2/2001
Assisted hatching: What it is and how it may help  
Abstract: This handout explains assisted hatching, a technique that can help embryos implant during in vitro fertilization (IVF). Patients who may benefit from assisted hatching are older than 38 years of age, have eggs with a thicker than normal shell, have had previous IVF cycles that did not result in pregnancy, and are undergoing a frozen embryo thaw cycle.
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 11/2011
Assisted range of motion exercises  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions for 16 exercises to increase range of motion. These exercises require the participation of a second person or attendant.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 11/2011
At home after your TAVR: Self-care and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect after having a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) at University of Washington Medical Center. TAVR is used to treat aortic stenosis. The handout includes instructions for self-care at home, such as fluid management, pain management, incision care, exercising safely, emotional issues, symptoms to watch for, and more.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 1/2014
At home after your TMVr with the MitraClip: Self-care and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect after your transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr) with the MitraClip and how to care for yourself at home.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 9/2015
Atrial fibrillation: An overview  
Abstract: This handout describes atrial fibrillation. Included are symptoms, causes, risk factors, self-care, and treatments.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 4/2014
Autonomic testing: How to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains what autonomic testing is. It includes instructions on how to prepare for the test, how the test works, and how to get your results.
Author: EEG/Evoked Potential Lab
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2016
Avian influenza: An illness requiring airborne and contact precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes avian influenza and its symptoms. It also explains how this disease can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting it.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 1/2006
Azathioprine: To treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis  
Abstract: This handout explains azathioprine, a medicine used to help reduce inflammation. Included are usual doses, how to take it, possible side effects and special instructions.
Author: Pulmonary Clinic/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2011
Back care after surgery: To help you as you recover  
Abstract: This handout covers what you can do and not do after back surgery. It also gives step-by-step instructions and illustrations for a basic exercise program and how to increase activities safely.
Author: Physical Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 2/2012
Baclofen trial: Instructions for participants  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients participating in a Baclofen trial at the Center for Pain Medicine. Included are directions to follow on the day of the trial, what to bring to the center, and what will happen during the center visit.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 7/2011
Bacterial meningitis: An illness requiring droplet precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes bacterial meningitis (meningioccocal meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Haemophilus influenzae) and its symptoms. It also explains how this disease can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting it.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 2/2006
Bariatric diary: For weight loss surgery patients  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery is for patients to keep track of their success and their questions before and after surgery. Space for writing is provided for before surgery, day of surgery, and for each follow-up visit.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
BARRX: After your procedure  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after treatment of Barrett's esophagus, a gastrointestinal disorder in which the lining of the esophagus is damaged by stomach acid that leaks backward. Included are a list of possible symptoms and medicines that may be prescribed, and when to call the clinic.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
What you should know: About a vasectomy  
Abstract: This handout gives information about vasectomy, a minor surgery that results in sterilization. It describes how the procedure is done and explains what to expect afterward.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
Basic nail care  
Abstract: This handout gives tips to follow to help keep fingernails and toenails strong and healthy.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Bathing and shaving before surgery: To lower your risk of infection  
Abstract: This handout provides instructions for showering and shaving before surgery. Includes directions for using Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) soap.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 4/2009
Bathing with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG): Using cloths or soap  
Abstract: This handout explains bathing with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) for patients at University of Washington Medical Center. Bathing may be done using cloths or soap, and helps protect the patient against infection. CHG is most often used to prepare a patient's skin for surgery, to clean the skin when central line dressings are changed, and in daily showers and baths for infection control.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 10/2013
Be ready for your surgery: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout gives basic information about how to prepare for surgery at UWMC, and what needs to be done afterward. It contains blanks and check boxes to be filled out as the patient and nurse go over the information together. Sections include handouts to read, arrival time and location, medicines to stop taking, diet before surgery, what to bring to the hospital, and specific instructions to follow after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2012
Bed exercises during pregnancy: Keep your arms and legs strong  
Abstract: This handout for pregnant women explains why it is important to keep arms and legs strong while on bed rest. It includes precautions for safety.
Author: Physical Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 6/2014
Bed rest guidelines: Helping you have a healthy baby  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for pregnant women who have been put on either modified or strict bed rest. Included are sections on childbirth classes, sexual relations during the pregnancy, the partner's needs, and what activities are restricted.
Author: Maternity and Infant Center (MIC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 1/2012
Before and after your facial plastic surgery  
Abstract: This handout gives important instructions to follow before and after facial plastic surgery. It includes safety precautions and instructions for incision care, cold compresses, nasal irrigation and other self-care at home after surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 4/2011
Before and after your surgery: Artificial urinary sphincter or male urethral sling surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for and what to expect after artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) or male urethral sling surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. These surgeries are done to treat male urinary incontinence (bladder leaks).
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 4/2014
Before and after your surgery: Penile prosthesis  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect after penile prosthetic surgery. This surgery is done to correct sexual dysfunction or impotence.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
Before your cystectomy surgery: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare when having cystectomy surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 3/2017
Belly bag: Instructions for use  
Abstract: This handout provides instructions for use of a belly bag -- a disposable urinary collection bag.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 12/2011
Benefits and risks of treatment with opioids  
Abstract: This handout explains the benefits and risks of using opioid pain medicines. It explains possible side effects and safety warnings.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Bioenergy Treatment Service Treatments: At University of Washington Medical Center  
Abstract: This handout describes how to prepare for and what to expect from having bioenergy treatments from the Bioenergy Treatment Service at UWMC. The free treatments include Reiki and Therapeutic Touch. Risks, benefits, and alternatives to this treatment are listed.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 3/2015
Bleach baths: To fight skin infection  
Abstract: This handout explains what a bleach bath is and gives step-by-step instructions on how to create and use one. Cautions and warnings are included.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 12/2010
Blood glucose levels: To diagnose pre-diabetes and diabetes  
Abstract: This handout explains blood glucose levels used for pre-diagnosis, diagnosis, and management of diabetes. Target hemoglobin A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels are also given.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 7/2016
Blood glucose log  
Abstract: This handout supplies a table for recording blood glucose readings at various times of the day, and the insulin type and number of units given. Included are spaces for the clinician to personalize the handout with the patients target blood glucose range and dates for follow-up appointments.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2011
Bosentan (Tracleer): To treat pulmonary arterial hypertension  
Abstract: This handout explains Bosentan, a medicine used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Included are how to take it, possible side effects, and warnings.
Author: Pulmonary Clinic/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2011
Bowel prep for colonoscopy: For people who have diabetes  
Abstract: This handout gives dietary guidelines for people who have diabetes who are preparing for a colonoscopy. Sample menus and food selection guidelines are included.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 7/2009
Bowel program for regular bowel emptying  
Abstract: Discusses training the bowels for regular emptying by following a daily routine including activity, diet, stool softeners, bulk enhancers, laxatives, and enemas and avoiding certain medications. Lists steps for self-administering a suppository. Gives warning signs for medical attention.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1992
Revised Date: 3/2012
Brain DaTscan: About your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains a DaTscan: how it works, how to prepare, how the scan is done, and how to get your results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 11/2016
Brain tumor embolization: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains embolization for a brain tumor. Embolization is a procedure that blocks or reduces blood flow to cancer cells. The handout includes how to prepare for the procedure at Harborview Medical Center, what to expect during the procedure, and self-care at home afterward.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 12/2016
Breast augmentation: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery from breast augmentation surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 4/2017
Breast biopsy or lumpectomy  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect when having a breast biopsy or lumpectomy. It includes how to prepare and how to plan for your recovery after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 9/2010
Breast restoration surgery: After a mastectomy  
Abstract: This handout explains the most common procedures that are used at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) to reconstruct a breast after a mastectomy. Included are expected timelines, benefits and drawbacks, and illustrations showing the different types of surgery.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2017
Breast reduction or mastopexy: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains breast reduction (mastopexy) surgery at UW Medical Center in Seattle, WA. It includes how to prepare for the operation and what to expect afterward. It also gives precautions and self-care instructions about the incision, wound care, drains, showering, going home, activity level, healing process, pain management and return to work.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 4/2017
Breast surgery CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for breast surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. Three different care plans are detailed, depending on the procedures that will be done -- for patients having wire localization only, for patients having lymph mapping only, and for patients having both procedures -- before their breast surgery. Check-in locations and other important processes are included.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 4/2014
Breast wraps: After implant surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains why breast wraps are used after implant surgery. It includes a list of websites that offer breast wraps for sale.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2017
Building ramps and handrails: To keep you safe at home  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for building ramps and stair handrails for safety and mobility at home.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 1/2011
Burow's solution: For use on some skin irritations  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions on how to make a cold compress using Burow's solution.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 12/2010
Bypass surgery: Treatment for peripheral arterial disease  
Abstract: This handout explains the types of bypass surgery that may be done to treat peripheral arterial disease (PAD), including care after surgery, foot care, and symptoms to watch for.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 5/2011
Calcium and vitamin D: Why we need these nutrients  
Abstract: This handout explains why we need calcium and vitamin D, which help keep bones healthy and help prevent some cancers. Included are food sources of these nutrients, how much is needed, and how sunscreens affect vitamin D absorption.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2010
Carbohydrate loading before surgery: How it can help  
Abstract: This handout explains why drinking extra carbohydrates (carbs) before surgery is helpful. It also tells how to do your carbohydrate loading.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 10/2016
Cardiac biopsy: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout for heart transplant recipients explains how to prepare and what to expect from a cardiac biopsy at University of Washington Medical Center. A cardiac biopsy is a test to diagnose rejection of a transplanted heart.
Author: Cardiac Transplant Service
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 4/2013
Cardiac catheterization lab procedures  
Abstract: This handout explains the cardiac catheterization procedure and interventions that may be done as a result, such as percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), stents, directional coronary atherectomy, and percutanious trasluminal rotational atherectomy (PTRA).
Author: Cardiology/5NE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 10/2013
Cardiac rehabilitation: The next step in your heart recovery  
Abstract: This handout gives information for the patient beginning a cardiac rehabilitation program. It includes benefits, how to get started, how the program works, and a list of cardiac rehab programs in western Washington state.
Author: Physical Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 6/2013
Care after your D & E  
Abstract: This handout describes what to expect after a D & E (dilation and evacuation) procedure, including care instructions and when to call the clinic.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 1/2010
Care after your dental treatment: For Advanced General Dentistry patients  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for self-care after treatment at UWMC Advanced General Dentistry. Included are what to expect and how to manage pain, swelling, and bruising. Specific instructions are given for root canal therapy and splints.
Author: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/6NE/6SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 6/2012
Care of your intravenous site: Going home with an intravenous catheter  
Abstract: This handout provides care instructions for care of an intravenous catheter, including when to call the doctor, what to do if the IV comes out, and what to do if the catheter comes apart or breaks off.
Author: Special Procedure Unit/4S
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 1/2012
Caring for your closed bulb drain: For a Jackson-Pratt (JP) or Blake drain  
Abstract: This handout explains how to care for a drain at home after surgery. Drain care instructions for a Jackson Pratt drain (JP drain) and a Blake drain are included.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 5/2016
Caring for your implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD)  
Abstract: This brochure covers instructions for patients who have received a subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD), including guidelines to follow during recovery, activity restrictions, special long-term precautions, when to call the doctor, and when to call 9-1-1.
Author: Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab/Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 7/2014
Caring for your incision  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for incision care after having surgery in the Burn/Plastic Surgery Clinic at Harborview Medical Center.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2015
Caring for your internal loop recorder (ILR): What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout provides information for patients who have just received an implanted internal loop recorder (ILR) to monitor their heart function. It covers wound care, special travel precautions, and what to do if having an MRI or other medical procedure that erases the memory of the ILR.
Author: Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab/Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2012
Caring for your pacemaker: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout provides information for patients that is useful right after their pacemaker is put in place, and later, as their life returns to normal. Included are sections on wound care, activity restrictions, follow-up appointments, special long-term precautions (travel, magnetic fields, use of cell phones and other electronic devices, dental work, etc.), and contact information for four pacemaker manufacturers.
Author: Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab/Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 7/2014
Caring for your removable denture  
Abstract: This handout explains how to take care of dentures. Care tips for oral health are included.
Author: Dental Clinic (Hospital)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 11/2006
Carotid angioplasty and stenting for atherosclerosis: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains a procedure called carotid angioplasty and stenting for atherosclerosis. It includes how to prepare for the procedure, what to expect, and self-care at home.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 12/2016
Carotid endarterectomy: what to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This brochure outlines what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery from carotid endarterectomy surgery at UWMC.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 5/2011
Carpal tunnel exercises: Hand care  
Abstract: This handout provides step-by-step instructions for hand and wrist exercises to help lessen symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 3/2012
Carpal tunnel release surgery: Self-care and follow-up after your surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after endoscopic surgery to release carpal tunnel. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, activity restrictions, follow-up care, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2011
Carpal tunnel syndrome: Hand care  
Abstract: This handout gives tips for people with carpal tunnel syndrome to help them ease the tingling, numbness, and pain. It explains the reason for these symptoms, and lists both activities to avoid and ways to use the hands and fingers to lessen the stress on the carpal tunnel area.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 1/2011
Cerebral angiogram: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains a cerebral angiogram, a procedure that provides a detailed view of the blood vessels in the brain. It includes how to prepare and what to expect when having the procedure at the Neurosurgery department at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 9/2016
Cervical transforaminal nerve block injection: Benefits, risks, what to expect, and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains a cervical nerve block injection, which is done to diagnose and treat pain. It includes benefits, risks, what to expect, and how to prepare.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 12/2015
Changing your Xeroform dressing: Information for Plastic Surgery patients  
Abstract: This handout for Plastic Surgery patients at Harborview Medical Center explains how to change a Xeroform dressing.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2015
Chickenpox (Varicella zoster): An illness that requires airborne contact precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes chickenpox and its symptoms. It also explains how this disease can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting it.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 2/2010
Chronic paronychia: Causes and treatments  
Abstract: This handout explains what causes chronic paronychia, an inflammation (redness, swelling, and tenderness) of the skin around a fingernail or toenail. Instructions for two treatment options are included, as well as tips for protecting the nails from further irritations and infections.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Cleaning red rubber catheters  
Abstract: This handout outlines the supplies needed and steps to follow to sterilize red rubber catheters.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 3/2012
Clinic procedures: After your heart transplant (Heart Transplant Manual)  
Abstract: This chapter of the Heart Transplant Manual explains clinical procedures, follow-up care, and diagnostic tests after heart transplant.
Author: Cardiac Transplant Service
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 10/2012
Clomid: Instructions and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow when taking the medicine Clomid. It includes information about follow-up labs and doctor visits.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 8/2013
Clostridium difficile: A disease that requires contact enteric precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes Clostridium difficile and who is at risk for getting it. It also explains how this disease can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting it.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 5/2016
Colectomy: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect, how to prepare and how to plan for recovery after colectomy surgery, which is done to remove part of a damaged or diseased large intestine. Both laparoscopic and open surgery are discussed.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 3/2010
Colonoscopy with Golytely: How to prepare  
Abstract: This handout is a timeline to guide patients who are taking GoLytely to prepare for a colonoscopy. It tells what to do 7 days before, 5 days before, 1 day before, and on the day of the procedure.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 4/2016
Colonoscopy: How to prepare with GoLytely (same-day prep)  
Abstract: This handout is a timeline to guide patients who are taking GoLytely to prepare for a colonoscopy. It tells what to do 7 days before, 5 days before, 1 day before, and on the day of the procedure.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2016
Colonoscopy with MoviPrep: How to prepare  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions to follow before a colonoscopy when using MoviPrep solution.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 4/2016
Colonoscopy: How to prepare with Osmo Prep  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions to follow before a colonoscopy when using Osmo Prep solution.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2016
Colonoscopy: How to prepare the Suprep  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions to follow before a colonoscopy when using Suprep solution.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2016
Colectomy CareMap: Your hospital stay: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This CareMap for patients and their caregivers shows the care plan that is expected before and after having colorectal surgery. The CareMap begins 6 days before surgery and gives recovery steps through discharge from the hospital and self-care at home.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 2/2016
Comfort measures for postpartum engorgement  
Abstract: This handout lists ways breastfeeding mothers can ease the discomfort of breast engorgement after giving birth. Tips include applying warmth, massage, feeding the baby, compresses, pain relievers, and breast pumps. This document is a chapter in the birth book "Caring for Yourself and Your New Baby."
Author: Maternity and Infant Center (MIC) (Use Maternal & Infant Care Center)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 9/2016
Common symptoms during pregnancy  
Abstract: This handout lists the symptoms of early pregnancy, such as feeling tired, breast discomfort, urinating often, headaches, vision changes, heartburn, nausea, and vomiting. It gives self-care tips to help manage the discomfort and activities to avoid. This document is a chapter in the birth book "Pregnancy and Giving Birth."
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 4/2017
Complex hernia surgery CareMap: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This CareMap for patients and their caregivers shows the care plan that is expected before and after having complex hernia surgery. The CareMap begins before surgery and gives recovery steps through discharge from the hospital and self-care at home.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 11/2016
Comprehensive dental care using general anesthesia  
Abstract: This handout provides information to help the patient make an informed choice about dental care using general anesthesia. It also describes the process for having this done at UWMC.
Author: Dental Clinic (Hospital)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 5/2012
Compression garments: After your surgery  
Abstract: This handout explain compression garments, which are worn after surgery to keep swelling down. It includes a list of types of garments commonly worn after different surgeries.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 8/2016
Compression stockings: What they are for and how to find the right ones for you  
Abstract: This handout explains what compression stockings are, how they work, and the different "strengths" that are available. It includes a list of local and online resources for buying compression stockings.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 9/2016
Congenital heart conditions: A notebook for patients  
Abstract: This document is the complete "Congenital Heart Conditions" notebook. Individual sections are also available by title: Regional Heart Center, Internet Resources, Lower Your Risk for Endocarditis, Diagnostic Tests, Family Planning, How to Read a Prescription Label and Order Refills, How to Take Your Blood Pressure, How to Take Care of Your Skin and Nails, How to Take Care of Your Teeth, and When to Call, for Patients Taking Warfarin (Coumadin).
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 8/2012
Constipation after surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains what causes constipation after surgery and simple steps to prevent or manage the problem, such as taking a stool softener, increasing fluids, exercising, or taking a laxative such as milk of magnesia. Included is a list of symptoms that indicate a call to the doctor is needed.
Author: Urology Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 10/2009
Constipation after your operation: a guide to help you with post-operative constipation  
Abstract: This handout explains the causes of constipation after surgery and offers tips to decrease constipation. It also lists over-the-counter laxatives and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 5/2016
Continuous nerve block: For pain control  
Abstract: This handout explains how a continuous nerve block catheter works. It tells what to expect when it is placed, self-care, side effects, how to remove the catheter, and when to call the clinic.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 1/2017
Contrast injections for imaging studies  
Abstract: This handout explains a contrast injection, used during imaging tests such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imagins (MRI). It includes potential risks.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 12/2015
Contrast reaction: Important information about your reaction  
Abstract: This handout provides critical information about what to do after experiencing an allergic or hypersensitivity reaction to contrast medium, also called X-ray dye, CT dye, or MR contrast.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 1/2016
Controlled ovarian hyperstimulation/intrauterine insemination  
Abstract: This handout is for patients at University Reproductive Care in Seattle. It explains the steps involved in a fertility treatment called "controlled ovarian hyperstimulation/intrauterine insemination."
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2016
Creatinine clearance and protein test: 24-hour urine collection  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for and the steps to follow for a 24-hour urine collection done for a creatinine clearance and protein test.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 5/2006
Crutch walking: Step-by-step instructions and safety tips   Japanese
Abstract: This handout gives instructions on how to safely use crutches to help your recovery and healing. It includes how to fit your crutches, stand up, sit down, walk, and go up and down stairs. Drawings are included.
Author: Physical Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 10/2012
Cryosurgery  
Abstract: This handout explains cryosurgery from how to prepare, instructions for recovery and what to expect after the procedure.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 6/2002
CSF leak scan: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains a CSF leak scan, which is used to diagnose abnormalities involving the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) located within the central nervous system. It includes how to prepare for the scan, what to do on the day of the scan, how the scan is done, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 3/2017
CT: Abdominal scan with intravenous pyelogram  
Abstract: This handout explains how an abdominal CT scan with intravenous pyelogram (IVP) works, how to prepare for it, what to expect, and how to get your results.
Author: Urology Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 3/2017
Abdomen CT scan: How to prepare for your exam  
Abstract: This handout describes an abdominal CT (computed tomography) scan. It includes how the scan works, how to prepare, how it is done, what to expect during the scan, and how to get results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 3/2017
CT angiography: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains CT angiography, which is done to check blood flow all over the body. It includes how the scan works, how it is done, how to prepare for it, what to expect, and how to get results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 3/2017
Calcium-scoring CT scan: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains the calcium-scoring CT scan, which checks the calcium content of the major blood vessels of the heart. It includes how the scan works, how it is done, how to prepare for it, what to expect, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 5/2015
Chest CT scan: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout describes the chest CT scan. It includes how the scan works, how it is done, how to prepare for it, what to expect, and how to get results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 3/2017
CT-guided biopsy of organs and lymph nodes: About your procedure   Arabic
Abstract: This handout explains a CT-guided biopsy of the organs and lymph nodes, including how to prepare, what to expect during and after the procedure, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 5/2015
CT-guided lung biopsy: About your procedure   Arabic
Abstract: This handout explains a CT-guided biopsy of the lungs. It includes how to prepare, what to expect during and after the procedure, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 5/2015
CT-guided nerve block: About your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains a CT-guided nerve block procedure to decrease pain. It includes how to prepare, what to expect during and after the procedure, and follow-up care.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 5/2015
CT head scan: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout describes CT head scans. It includes how the scan works, how it is done, how to prepare for it, what to expect, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 3/2017
CT: Lung cancer screening: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains how a computed tomography (CT) scan for lung cancer works. It includes how to prepare for the scan, what to expect, and how to get your results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 5/2017
CT neck scan: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains a CT scan of the neck, used to get detailed information about neck injuries, tumors, and other neck diseases. It includes how the scan works, how to prepare, how it is done, what to expect during the scan, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 3/2017
Sinus-screening CT scan: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains how a sinus-screening CT scan works. It includes how to prepare for the scan, how it is done, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 3/2017
CT spine scan: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout describes a CT scan of the spine. It includes how the scan is done, how to prepare for it, what to expect, and how to get the scan results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 3/2017
Virtual colonoscopy: How to prepare for your scan  
Abstract: This handout explains a virtual colonoscopy, which is a CT scan of the colon that uses a special X-ray machine to take detailed pictures. It includes how the scan works, how it is done, how to prepare, what to expect during the scan, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 7/2016
Cystectomy CareMap: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This CareMap for patients and their caregivers shows the care plan that is expected before and after having cystectomy surgery. The CareMap begins 2 weeks before surgery and gives recovery steps through discharge from the hospital.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 11/2015
Cystic fibrosis related diabetes mellitus  
Abstract: This handout explains why people with cystic fibrosis should be screened for diabetes. It tells how to schedule an oral glucose tolerance test at UWMC at what happens during the test.
Author: Cystic Fibrosis Clinic/Med. Spec. Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 3/2011
Cystoscopy: What to expect after your operation  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after a cystoscopy. It includes activity restrictions, symptoms to expect, and blank lines for the provider to fill in information about specific medicines and the follow-up visit.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 5/2014
Dangle protocol: After a skin graft to the leg  
Abstract: This handout is for patients who have had a skin graft to their leg and must keep their leg elevated after surgery. It includes a schedule to follow for "dangle protocol," which involves letting the leg hand down for short times.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 10/2016
Dapsone: Answers to common questions  
Abstract: This handout provides basic information about dapsone, an antibiotic "sulfa" drug used to treat many contagious and noncontagious skin conditions, including dermatitis herpetiformis (chronic, itchy rash), pyoderma gangrenosum (large, painful sores), vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels), Henoch-Schonlein purpura, and Sweet syndrome (painful skin sores and fever).
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
DaVinci robotic hysterectomy: How to prepare  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow for women who are scheduled for a DaVinci robotic hysterectomy at University of Washington Medical Center. It lists steps to follow from 2 weeks before until the surgery appointment. It also explains what to expect after surgery, including activity restrictions, managing pain, eating and drinking, bowel and bladder problems, incision care, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 11/2013
Day of surgery: For patients having weight loss surgery  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery explains what to expect on the day of your surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Day of your TAVR: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout describes what to expect on the day of a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) at University of Washington Medical Center. TAVR is used to treat aortic stenosis. Sections in the handout include "At the Hospital," "About Your Procedure," "After Your TAVR," and "Your Health Care Team."
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 1/2014
Death with Dignity Act: In Washington state  
Abstract: This handout explains Washington state's Death with Dignity Act, which was passed by voters of Washington state in November 2008. The act allows adults with a terminal illness to request lethal doses of medicine from medical or osteopathic doctors. People who receive this medicine must give it to themselves by ingesting pills, taking it through a feeding tube, or other means.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 3/2009
Deep brain stimulation (DBS): For patients with Parkinson's disease  
Abstract: This handout describes how to prepare for and what to expect from deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery, during which a pulse generator (neurostimulator) is implanted in the brain. Included are instructions for self-care after surgery, as well as information about the first programming visit, follow-up testing, safety warnings, risks and side effects, and what to avoid, such as exposure to certain electrical equipment and screening devices.
Author: Neurology-Neurosurgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 2/2012
Deep brain stimulation (DBS): For patients with tremor  
Abstract: This handout describes how to prepare for and what to expect from deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery, during which a pulse generator (neurostimulator) and deep brain lead are implanted in the brain. Included are instructions for self-care after surgery, as well as information about the first programming visit, follow-up testing, safety warnings, risks and side effects, and what to avoid, such as exposure to certain electrical equipment and screening devices.
Author: Neurology-Neurosurgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 2/2012
Defecography testing: How to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains a defecography test, which is an X-ray study of the bowels and how the rectum empties. It includes why this test is needed, how to prepare, what to expect, and the insurance code for the test.
Author: Urology Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 4/2014
Defecography: About your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains how a defecography exam works, how it is done, how to prepare for it, what to expect during the exam, and how to get your results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 6/2013
Delayed reaction to IV contrast: Follow-up instructions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout provides instructions to follow if experiencing a delayed reaction after receiving contrast through a vein during an imaging study.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 1/2016
DSSEP: Dermatomal somatosensory evoked potentials  
Abstract: A DSSEP (dermatomal somatosensory evoked potential) is a test that measures how fast and how well electrical impulses travel from the arms or legs to the brain and how the brain responds. This handout describes the test and explains how to prepare.
Author: Neurodiagnostics
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 3/2016
DES (Diesthylstilbesterol)  
Abstract: This handout describes the medication diethylstilbesterol (DES), a man-made version of the hormone estrogen, often used in the treatment of prostate cancer. Information includes how it is given/taken, common side effects, and possible drug-drug or drug-food interactions. Authored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, this information is made available to UWMC clinicians by agreement between SCCA and UWMC, as a service to the patients who visit both health care facilities.
Author: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 1/2011
Desensitization: For patients at Harborview Medical Center  
Abstract: This handout explains desensitization, and how it is used at Harborview Medical Center to help burn and graft patients. Desensitization uses gentle pressure on the skin to teach the nervous system to accept mild touch again after the skin has been damaged.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 12/2015
Diabetes and foot care  
Abstract: This handout for patients with diabetes gives tips to help prevent foot problems.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1995
Revised Date: 4/2015
Diabetes and pregnancy: The best for you and your baby  
Abstract: This manual contains niformation to help pregnant women manage their diabetes for the best health of themselves and their baby. Included are sections on nutrition, hypoglycemia, blood glucose monitoring, oral diabetes medicines, insulin, sick-day guidelines, glucagon use, delivery options, breastfeeding, as well as phone numbers for clinic staff.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 2/2011
Diabetes meal planning: How do foods affect blood glucose?  
Abstract: This handout explains how carbohydrates (starch, sugar, fiber), proteins and fats affect blood glucose. Included are guidelines for measuring carbohydrates (carbs), and recommended servings for men and women. It also describes unsaturated, saturated, and trans fats, and gives examples of each.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 7/2016
Diabetes supplies for home: Order form  
Abstract: This handout is an order form for diabetes supplies to have at home. It includes check boxes for a clinician to specify diagnosis, pharmacy order, and supplies needed.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2012
Diabetes: What you need to know: Discharge review before you leave the hospital  
Abstract: This handout reviews information patients with diabetes received during their hospital stay at University of Washington Medical Center. It includes sections on testing blood sugar, what to do if blood sugar is too low or too high (hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia), answers to common questions, and meal and snack ideas. (Keywords: teachback, teach back, teach-back)
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 2/2014
DIEP flap breast reconstruction: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout describes deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap breast reconstruction. It explains what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 7/2015
DIEP flap CareMap: How to prepare and what to expect after your surgery  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for DIEP flap surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It covers how to get ready for the surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and during the hospital stay, and self-care for 6 weeks after discharge.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 2/2017
Diphtheria: An illness requiring droplet precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes diphtheria and its symptoms. It also explains how this disease can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting it.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 3/2008
Discharge checklist: For heart patients at University of Washington Medical Center  
Abstract: This handout is a checklist to help heart patients prepare for dischage from the hospital.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 3/2013
Discharge checklist: Getting ready to take your baby home  
Abstract: This tool helps parents of preterm infants keep track of everything they need to do before they can take their baby home from the hospital. It covers topics such as safe feeding, finding a primary care provider, immunizations, safe travel, and more. It includes plenty of space for parents to write in their own baby's specific needs.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 8/2015
Leaving Hematology/Oncology: Self-care and important phone numbers   Arabic
Abstract: This handout is for patients who are being discharged from the Hematology/Oncology unit at University of Washington Medical Center. It has important numbers to call for questions, appointments, and urgent needs. It includes a short list of self-care items for keeping healthy at home.
Author: 7NE/8SA Hematology/Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 7/2016
Discharge instructions after weight loss surgery: Self-care and nutrition  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow at home after having weight loss surgery. Included are basic nutritional guidelines, physical therapy needs, follow-up clinic visits, and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 1/2016
Discharge instructions: Leaving the hospital after vaginal or abdominal surgery  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow after vaginal surgery (page 1) or abdominal surgery (page 2).
Author: Urology Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 6/2012
Dobutamine stress echocardiogram  
Abstract: This booklet explains the dobutamine stress echocardiogram ultrasound exam of the heart. It covers how to get to the hospital, how to prepare, what happens during the exam, key instructions and answers common questions.
Author: ECHO Laboratory/Cardiac Diagnostic Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 12/2011
Dowel exercises: To help your strength and range of motion  
Abstract: This handout gives exercises using a dowl to help increase range of motion and strength. Doing these exercises makes it easier to do daily activities and helps prevent more injuries to the upper body.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 1/2011
Dry skin care: Helpful tips  
Abstract: This handout explains what causes dry skin. It offers tips to help get skin back to normal, through bathing practices and using skin lotions, creams, and ointments.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 12/2010
Eating the right amount of sodium: While you are pregnant  
Abstract: This handout gives tips on getting the right amount of sodium during pregnancy. Tables of foods to eat and foods to avoid are included, as well as general healthy diet guidelines.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 5/2010
Eczema: What it is and how to treat it  
Abstract: This handout explains eczema and its symptoms and treatments, which may include antihistamines, steroid and non-steroid creams and ointments, and antibiotics.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2010
Effort thrombosis  
Abstract: This handout describes effort thrombosis, which is a blood clot (thrombus) in the deep vein of the arm. Included are symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options, including rib resection surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
EGD: Instructions for after your test  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after having an EGD or upper endoscopy test.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 5/2012
Electro-oculogram (EOG)  
Abstract: This handout explains the electrooculogram (EOG), a test that measures the electrical charge across the eye and how it changes in darkness and in light. It includes how to prepare, how the test works, and what to expect afterward. A map to the EEG/Evoked Potential Lab is also included.
Author: Neurodiagnostics
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 3/2016
EEG: electroencephalogram  
Abstract: This handout explains an electroencephalogram (EEG), a procedure that measures brain waves. It includes instructions to follow the day before and the day of an EEG, what to expect during the test, and how to get test results. A map to the EEG/Evoked Potential Lab is also included.
Author: EEG/Evoked Potential Lab
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 1/2016
Electromyography (EMG)  
Abstract: This brochure explains electromyography (EMG), which measures nerve and muscle function. Included are descriptions of the two parts of the test, nerve conduction study and electrical activity measurement, as well as instructions to follow on the day of the study and directions to UWMC and the EMG/SEP Lab.
Author: Electrodiagnostic Medicine Service (EMG and SEP)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 6/2013
Embryo transfer: Instructions to follow  
Abstract: This handout gives steps to follow on the day of an embryo transfer and in the weeks afterward. An embryo transfer is the last step of the in vitro fertilization process.
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 7/2016
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS): How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout is for patients preparing for an endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) at University of Washington Medical Center. It explains the procedure and includes what to do 7 days before, 5 days before, and on procedure day.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2016
Endoscopy: Instructions for after your test (lower)  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after having a lower endoscopy. It includes a section for the clinician to indicate test results.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 1/2013
Endoscopy: Instructions for after your test (upper)  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after having an upper endoscopy. It includes a section where the clinician can indicate test results.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Enteroscopy: How to prepare  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow when preparing for an enteroscopy.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2016
Enteroscopy: How to prepare with GoLytely  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow when preparing for an enteroscopy using GoLytely solution.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 10/2015
Enteroscopy: How to prepare with MoviPrep  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow when preparing for an enteroscopy using MoviPrep solution.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 10/2015
Epidural and facet injections: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout describes how to prepare for either an epidural or a facet injection, which are spinal procedures used to treat back pain and sciatica, or for diagnostic or therapeutic reasons.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 5/2009
Esophageal cancer: What it is and how it is treated  
Abstract: This in-depth handout explains the symptoms of esophageal cancer, and how it is diagnosed and treated. It also describes what to expect before and after surgery. Detailed illustrations are included.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Esophageal diet after surgery: Nutrition guidelines  
Abstract: This handout gives nutritional guidelines for patients who have had surgery of the esophagus. It includes ways to meet protein and calorie needs, suggested supplements, lists of foods that are OK and not OK to eat and drink, general instructions for how and when to eat, and when to call the dietitian or diet technician.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 10/2015
Esophagectomy CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for esophagectomy surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It covers how to get ready for the surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and during the hospital stay, and self-care after discharge.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 2/2015
Esophagectomy diet  
Abstract: This brochure offers diet guidelines to follow after having an esophagectomy, which is an operation to remove the esophagus. It includes instructions for a clear liquid diet, a full liquid diet, and how to get enough protein and calories. Tables of food groups show allowed foods and foods to avoid.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 10/2015
Esophagectomy: what to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This booklet covers what to expect, how to prepare for, and how to plan for recovery from an esophagectomy, surgery to remove diseased portions of the esophagus.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 7/2006
Etanercept: Enbrel  
Abstract: This handout explains the drug etanercept. It includes how to take it, what to expect, possible side effects, and cautions.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 3/2011
EUS: Instructions for after your endoscopic ultrasound  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow for after an endoscopic ultrasound.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 12/2005
Exenatide (Byetta)  
Abstract: This handout describes exenatide (Byetta), a man-made hormone that is injected to help the body release insulin when blood glucose is present. Includes side effects, drug interactions, and storage information.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 2/2012
Exercise after lung surgery with clamshell approach: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout supplies information to help recovery after lung surgery with clamshell approach. Included are incision precautions, instructions about restricted activities, tips on how to add or keep exercise in the lifestyle, and advice on when to slow down, delay exercising, or call the health care provider.
Author: Physical Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 7/2012
Exercise after lung surgery with thoracotomy incision  
Abstract: This handout supplies information to help recovery after lung surgery with thoracotomy incision. Included are incision precautions, instructions about restricted activities, tips on how to add or keep exercise in the lifestyle, and advice on when to slow down, delay exercising, or call the health care provider.
Author: Physical Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 7/2012
Exercise after lung surgery with VATS incision: To help you live a healthy, active life  
Abstract: This handout helps guide recovery after lung surgery with a VATS incision. It includes precautions, exercise goals, and how to listen to what your body needs.
Author: Physical Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 7/2012
Exercise and blood value precautions  
Abstract: This handout for cancer patients explains the role of platelets in the body, and importance of knowing your platelet count before doing aerobic exercise or strength training. Authored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, this information is made available to UWMC clinicians by agreement between SCCA and UWMC, as a service to the patients who visit both health care facilities. (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy)
Author: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Publisher/Date: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 2011
Revised Date: 2/2014
Exercise before and after total knee replacement surgery: Exercises to strengthen your knee  
Abstract: Describes and illustrates 11 exercises to strengthen the knee after total knee replacement. It includes tips for best use of these exercises.
Author: Exercise Training Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 2/2012
Exercises after total knee replacement: Six exercises to speed your recovery  
Abstract: Explains and illustrates 6 exercises for care and strengthening of the knee after surgery. Includes illustrations.
Author: Exercise Training Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 2/2012
Exparel injections: Bupivacaine liposomal  
Abstract: This handout explains a medicine called Exparel. This is a local anesthetic that is used to prevent or treat pain from some procedures.
Author: Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 4/2017
External (condom) catheter for men  
Abstract: This handout describes the 10 steps to follow to use an external (condom) catheter.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 1/1999
Eyelid surgery blepharoplasty: what to expect and how to prepare for your eyelid operation  
Abstract: This brochure outlines what to expect, how to prepare and how to plan for recovery from blephoroplasty, also called eyelid surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 12/2009
Facelift surgery: Rhytidectomy  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for facelift surgery, and self-care instructions for afterward. Included is information about cold compresses, head elevation, activity restrictions, dressing and incision care, and showering.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Fracts for women: Termination of pregnancy  
Abstract: This handout answers common questions about miscarriage management and the termination of pregnancy, also known as abortion.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 2/2012
Fertility preservation for women with cancer: Before your cancer treatment  
Abstract: This handout is for women of childbearing age who have cancer. It explains what you can do before you have cancer treatment to protect your ability to have children.
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 1/1900
Fetal movement  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for counting fetal movements, and tells when to call your health care provider based on your baby's motion in your belly.
Author: Perinatal Education
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Figure-8 ace wrap of the leg  
Abstract: This handout explains why a figure-8 ace wrap of the leg is done, and provides a list of supplies needed and steps to follow for wrapping. An illustration is included.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 7/2004
Finger-bending exercises  
Abstract: This handout gives finger-bending exercises that will improve how fingers move and function.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 12/2011
Finger-straightening exercises  
Abstract: This handout gives finger-straightening exercises that will improve how fingers move and function.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 12/2011
First 2 weeks after bariatric surgery: What you may eat and tips to help you recover  
Abstract: This handout offers guidelines to help patients choose the right foods right after bariatric sugery and for the next 2 weeks, to meet their nutritional needs and to avoid problems such as nausea, vomiting, and dumping syndrome.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2014
Flow-diverting stent: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains a flow-diverting stent, which is placed in an artery to keep blood from entering an aneurysm. It includes how to prepare for the procedure, what to expect, and self-care at home.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 10/2016
Fluid and urine diary  
Abstract: This handout provides a table for patients to record fluid intake and urine passed. It includes brief instructions for how to use the diary, and reminds the patient to bring it to their next clinic visit.
Author: Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 12/2011
Fluid-restricted diet: Guidelines to follow   Japanese
Abstract: This handout is for patients who have been placed on a fluid-restricted diet. It gives basic guidelines and a list of foods that should be counted as part of fluid intake. It includes a table to help with measuring fluids and tips to help with fluid control. This information is especially helpful for patients with heart conditions or heart failure.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 5/2013
Fluoroscopy-guided steroid join injection: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains a fluoroscopy-guided steroid joint injection, which is done to help treat arthritis pain. It includes how to prepare, what to expect, what happens after the injection, and how long the pain relief should last.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 10/2016
Foley Catheter: Using an indwelling urethral (Foley) catheter  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions on how to use an indwelling urethral (Foley) catheter.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 5/2012
Follow-up after your liver transplant: Your ongoing care  
Abstract: This brochure for UW Medical center liver transplant patients explains why follow-up care after having a transplant is vital to the long-term survival of the new organ. It includes symptoms and reasons to call members of the transplant team, and phone numbers to use.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 8/2016
Follow-up care after radiation  
Abstract: This handout briefly explains care after radiation treatment. Space is provided for instructions to be written in by the provider, as well as contact names and phone numbers for Radiation Oncology staff.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 3/2012
Follow-up: After weight loss surgery  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery explains clinic visits, blood tests, wound care, and other physical and emotional concerns in the weeks after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Food records  
Abstract: This booklet provides forms for recording daily food and fluid intake for 7 days. Patients are instructed to record each entry as soon as possible after each meal or snack. Spaces are included for writing in the amount of food or fluid and how it was prepared.
Author: Nutrition Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 5/2013
Free water restriction: While you are in the hospital  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect if you are on free water restriction while you are in the hospital.
Author: Nutrition Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 1/2015
Frozen embryo transfer cycle: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect during a frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycle. This process is used to transfer frozen embryos into a woman's uterus at the right time in her menstrual cycle.
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 7/2016
Fundoplication or myotomy CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for fundoplication or myotomy surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It includes instructions to follow for 2 weeks before surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery, and discharge information.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2015
Ga-68 dotatate NETSPOT PET/CT study: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for a Ga-68 dotatate NETSPOT PET/CT study, which is done to diagnose tumors. It includes how to prepare for the study, how it works, what you may feel during the study, and how to get your results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 5/2017
Gamma knife treatment day: Usual steps that occur  
Abstract: This handout explains what usually happens on gamma knife treatment day at Harborview Medical Center.
Author: Alvord Brain Tumor Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 8/2016
Gangliolysis: Dr. John Loeser  
Abstract: Post-surgery instructions are given for activity, wound dressing, and medications for gangliolysis surgery.
Author: Pavilion Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2003
Gastrectomy diet: Nutrition guidelines  
Abstract: This handout gives dietary guidelines to follow after having a gastrectomy, surgery to remove some or all of the stomach. After a gastrectomy, people usually need to eat soft foods that are high in protein and low in sugar. The handout includes an explanation of "dumping syndrome" and how to prevent it, tables listing foods that are OK and foods to avoid on a soft gastrectomy diet, special drink recipes, and a sample menu.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2015
Gastrectomy: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect and how to prepare for a gastrectomy, a surgery to remove all or part of the stomach. This operation is most often done to remove a tumor or treat severe ulcers.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 3/2010
Gastroesophageal reflux disease: Causes, symptoms, and treatments  
Abstract: This in-depth handout describes gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition caused by stomach acid backing up into the esophagus. It includes causes, symptoms, treatment options, and detailed illustrations.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
General cardiac surgery caremap  
Abstract: This CareMap for patients and their caregivers shows the care plan that is expected after having cardiac surgery. The CareMap begins on the day of surgery (Day 0) and gives recovery steps through Day 6, when most patients are discharged from the hospital. (CABG, AVR, MVR, open heart surgery)
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 10/2013
Getting dressed - Your lower body: Making it easier  
Abstract: This handout gives tips to make dressing easier after injury or surgery.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 11/2011
Getting enough protein and calories: Nutrition to support your healing  
Abstract: This booklet contains guidelines to help meet protein and calorie needs. It contains tips for boosting protein and calories, a list of liquid supplements, a list of protein sources, and several drink recipes.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 10/2010
Getting quality sleep: Tips to hep reduce chronic pain  
Abstract: This handout explains that being in pain can make sleeping harder, and sleeping poorly can make pain worse. It gives tips to follow during the day, in the evening, before going to bed, and while in bed, to help get better quality sleep.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 4/2013
Getting started: for candidates for weight loss surgery  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery explains the referral process, medical and insurance criteria, expected costs, and what will happen at your first and second clinic visits at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC).
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Going home with your cast  
Abstract: This handout explains cast care and skin care for a fiberglass cast. Included are instructions for showering and when to call the doctor.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1994
Revised Date: 9/2009
Going home with your PleurX drain: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout explains how to care for a PleurX drain after it is placed. This handout gives only basic information. For more detailed instructions, read the "Instructions for Use" materials that come with the drainage kits, and watch the video.
Author: 4S (Special Procedure Unit)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 2/2014
Going home: After weight loss surgery  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery explains what to expect when you leave the hospital. It includes sections on eating, pain, constipation, fatigue, activity, showering, and special reminders about medicines, vitamins, and diabetes care.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/1905
Guide to your head and neck cancer treatment: At University of Washington Medical Center  
Abstract: This document contains the cover, table of contents, and welcome section of the manual, Guide to Your Head and Neck Cancer Treatment, designed for patients diagnosed with cancer of the larynx and considering a laryngectomy. Other sections of the guide include "Cancer of the Larynx," "Coping with Cancer," Tips for Talking with Your Health Care Team," "Your Care After Surgery," "Your Hospital Stay," "Your Pre-Surgery Treatment," and "Internet Resources, Articles, and More Information."
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 6/2007
Guide to your weight loss surgery at University of Washington Medical Center  
Abstract: This manual guides patients through the bariatric surgery process, from being referred to long-term care after surgery. It includes criteria for being accepted for weight loss surgery and descriptions of the 3 types of surgery offered at UWMC: divided proximal roux-y gastric bypass or RYGB, adjustable gastric banding ("lap-band surgery"), and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. It also describes pre-surgery tests, and what to expect before, during, and after surgery. Sections also offer recipes and websites to access for more information about weight loss surgery. (Each individual section may also be found as an separate entry on Health Online.)
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 7/2013
GYN procedures   Japanese
Abstract: This handout gives instructions after GYN surgery for activity, wound dressing, and medicine for gynecological procedures.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 3/2012
Gynecology/oncology surgery enhanced recovery CareMap: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient should do before and what they may expect during their hospital stay when having gynecology/oncology surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It also includes brief instructions to follow at home after discharge.
Author: Gynecologic Oncology/6NE/7SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 4/2016
H1N1 flu: A new kind of flu   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes symptoms of H1N1 flu, commonly called "swine flu." Included are how the flu is spread, vaccine availability, who is at risk, and what to do if you or someone you are caring for has symptoms or is diagnosed with the H1N1 flu.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2009
Hand splint: Guidelines to follow  
Abstract: This handout gives guidelines for when to wear and remove a hand splint and when to call the occupational therapist.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 2/2011
Headache: After your epidural or spinal anesthetic  
Abstract: This handout covers what patients need to know if they have a severe headache after having an epidural or spinal anesthetic for labor pain or a Cesarean section. The reason for a dural puncture headache is explained, and possible treatments and their side effects are discussed.
Author: Anesthesiology Clinical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 4/2009
Health choices during pregnancy: Tips for staying healthy  
Abstract: This handout describes choices to make during pregnancy to stay healthy. These include wearing a seat belt when riding in a car, taking care of your teeth, and getting good exercise. It explains why it is important to avoid alcohol, smoking, douching, hot tubs, certain medicines and drugs, and contact with rodents. This document is a chapter in the birth book "Pregnancy and Giving Birth.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2017
Healthy eating before your surgery or procedure: How it can help  
Abstract: This handout explains why it is important that your body is well nourished and well hydrated before a surgery or other procedure. It gives specific instructions on what to eat and drink and when.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 6/2016
Heart failure daily weight log   Arabic
Abstract: This weight log provides instructions and a form for patients to keep track of their daily weight, blood pressure, and other symptoms.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Heart surgery: Your follow-up care   Japanese
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up instructions for patients who have had heart surgery at UW Medical Center in Seattle, WA. It tells about how to schedule a follow-up visit and signs and symptoms that require a call to the cardiac surgeon.
Author: Cardiac Diagnostic Services/5NE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 11/2014
Helping us care for your loved one: When confusion is present and close supervision is needed  
Abstract: This brochure explains why a loved one may be confused during a hospital stay. It offers guidelines for helping to care for and keep a loved one safe.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 5/2005
Hemoccult (stool) collection  
Abstract: Gives process for patient collection of hemoccult (stool) sample at home. Lists tips for care of hemoccult cards, what to eat during collection time period, and food, vitamins and drugs to avoid, including aspirin. Provides detailed steps for obtaining sample. Also provides space to record test results and telephone contact for questions.
Author: Patient and Family Education Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1994
Revised Date: 9/2004
Hemorrhoid removal: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This booklet explains what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery from the surgical removal of hemorrhoids, also called a hemorrhoidectomy.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 3/2010
Hepatic resection and ablation of liver tumors: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This handout describes 2 treatments for liver tumors: hepatic resection, an operation to remove the part o the liver where the tumor is; and radiofrequency ablation, which uses electrical current to heat the tumor and kill the cancer cells.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 3/2010
Hernia repair: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This booklet explains hernia repair (herniorraphy) and the two types of surgery: laparoscopic repair and open repair. It discusses pre-procedure activities, medicine and driving restrictions, and activities the day before. It also includes tips to speed recovery, incision care, pain management, swelling, activity restriction, and going home.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 12/2014
High blood glucose: While you are in the hospital  
Abstract: This handout answers common questions about high blood glucose that may occur while a patient is in the hospital. Causes, treatments, and follow-up after discharge are included.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 9/2010
High blood pressure in pregnancy: When to call your health care provider  
Abstract: This handout gives signs and symptoms of high blood pressure (hypertension) to watch for during pregnancy.
Author: Perinatal Education
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
High blood sugar emergencies: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout tells what to do to prevent a high blood sugar emergency, which can result in diabetic coma (going unconscious). It explains the 2 conditions that can cause these emergencies: diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome (HHS).
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 8/2015
High-protein foods: Helping you increase the protein in your diet  
Abstract: This handout explains why eating high-protein foods is important for someone who will be having surgery. It includes tips for adding protein to the diet, and examples of protein-rich foods.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 8/2010
Home tube feeding guide  
Abstract: This booklet provides instructions for tube feeding and offers tips for preventing or managing common side effects, including diarrhea, constipation, stomach upset, and dehydration. Includes simple illustrations showing a gastrostomy tube and pump and gravity drip methods of feeding.
Author: Nutrition Clinic/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 11/2009
How to change a Foley catheter: Step-by-step instructions for the caregiver  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions for changing a Foley catheter, a tube placed in the bladder to drain urine for patients with medical conditions that prevent normal urination.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 2/2012
How to give yourself a subcutaneous (SQ) injection: Steps to follow  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to give yourself a subcutaneous injection. This is a shot that is given into the fatty tissue just under the skin. Illustrations and step-by-step instructions are included. (This information is also available in full-page format through UWMC Patient and Family Education Services.)
Author: Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 6/2011
How to lower sodium in your diet: For people with diabetes  
Abstract: This handout explains why it is important for people with diabetes to watch how much sodium (salt) they eat. It includes tips on foods you can eat instead of high-sodium options.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 6/2016
How to manage your diabetes before and after surgery  
Abstract: This handout provides important information to help patients manage their diabetes before and after surgery. Included are instructions on when to check blood glucose, what to take and not take before surgery, what to do if using an insulin pump, when to restart diabetes medicines after surgery, and a table to track diabetes medicines taken at home.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 10/2007
How to obtain medicine refills  
Abstract: This handout explains how patients can obtain refills for their medicines. It shows where to find the information on the prescription label needed to order a refill, and gives step-by-step instructions when ordering online or by phone.
Author: Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 2/2008
How to prepare for your bowel surgery: 1-day, Golytely  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions to follow when using Golytely or Colyte to prepare for bowel surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 12/2009
How to prepare for your surgery: Using MoviPrep to clean your bowel  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions on using MoviPrep, Neomycin, and Metronidazole when preparing for surgery. These medicines help clean your bowel.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 1/2015
How to prepare your bowel for surgery: 1-day, mg citrate  
Abstract: This handout describes how to prepare the bowel for surgery, or clean out the colon, using 1-day Mg Citrate.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 4/2010
How to prepare: For a transrectal ultrasound (TRUS)  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow before having a transrectal ultrasound of the prostate. This scan will show any inflammation, stones, or tumors in the prostate, seminal vesicles, or ejaculatory ducts.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
How to read a prescription label and order refills  
Abstract: This handout is section 6 of the "Congenital Heart Conditions" notebook. Helpful for all UWMC patients, it tells how to read prescription labels and what to do when a refill is needed, whether using the UWMC pharmacy or an outside pharmacy. An illustration of a prescription label is included with call-outs explaining the information shown.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 8/2012
How to retrain your bladder  
Abstract: This handout explains bladder retraining, which increases the size of the bladder and allows the patient to urinate less often. Basic steps in the process are described: avoiding foods that irritate the bladder irritants, drinking more water, and trying to wait 5 minutes before going to the bathroom when first getting the urge to urinate.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 3/2015
Take care of your skin and nails  
Abstract: This handout is section 8 of the "Congenital Heart Conditions" notebook. It briefly explains basic ways to protect the skin and nails from infection. This is an especially important concern for patients with congenital heart disease, since the skin provides a barrier against potentially serious infections.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 8/2012
Take care of your teeth  
Abstract: This handout is section 9 of the "Congenital Heart Conditions" notebook. It briefly explains the importance of daily dental care to help prevent bacteria from entering the bloodstream and causing a life-threatening heart infection. It also includes a list of what a patient with a congenital heart condition needs to tell their dentist.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 8/2012
How to take your blood pressure  
Abstract: This handout is section 7 of the "Congenital Heart Conditions" notebook. Useful for all patients, it gives step-by-step instructions on how and when to take one's own blood pressure, as well as how to record the reading.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 8/2012
Hydrogen breath test: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains a hydrogen breath test, which is done to help diagnose symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, and diarrhea. The test shows if bacteria in the small bowel are causing the symptoms. The test may also be used to check for problems absorbing lactose (milk sugar) or fructose (fruit sugar).
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 12/2014
Hyperglycemia: High blood glucose  
Abstract: This handout explains hyperglycemia, or high blood glucose. Included are causes, symptoms, and tips for prevention, as well as a chart for writing down one's "personal glucose target range" at various times of the day and before driving a car.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 2/2009
Hypoglycemia: Basic facts  
Abstract: This handout provides basic facts about hypoglycemia: common signs and symptoms, causes, and what to do and not do for someone with hypoglycemia. Also included are the steps to follow to treat low blood glucose (the "Rule of 15"), and a short list of food sources containing at least 15 grams of carbohydrate.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 1/2008
Hypoglycemia: Blood glucose less than 70mg/dL  
Abstract: This handout explains hypoglycemia, its causes, signs and symptoms, and treatment. Included is the "Rule of 15," and a list of quick sources of 15 grams of carbohydrate. This information is specific for patients with diabetes, and includes directions to follow when blood glucose levels are at various levels.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 7/2016
I-131 tositumomab Bexxar therapy: Care instructions after treatment  
Abstract: This handout describes the care instructions to follow after treatment with I-131 tositumomab Bexxar therapy. It explains how long to follow the instructions and who to call if you have questions or concerns.
Author: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 2006
Revised Date: 3/2006
I123 MIBG cardiac scan: About your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect when having an I123 MIBG cardiac scan at University of Washington Medical Center. It includes special instructions to follow on the day of the scan, which will provide information about the function of nerves in your heart (myocardial sympathetic innervation).
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 7/2013
I123 MIBG scan: How to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for an I123 MIBG nuclear medicine scan, which is used to check for neuroendocrine tumors (tumors that form in response to a signal from the nervous system), including pheochromocytomas in the adrenal glands. Included are how the scan works, what the patient may feel, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2012
If you are receiving allergy injections: Important warnings about beta-blocker medicines  
Abstract: This handout warns patients who are receiving allergy injections not to use beta-blocker medicines. It contains a list of medicines and eye drops that must be avoided. Beta-blockers are used to treat a variety of health conditions, including high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, migraine headaches, and an eye condition called glaucoma.
Author: Medical Specialties Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 10/2014
If you have gestational diabetes: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout for pregnant women explains what to expect when you have gestational diabetes. Sections include diet changes, testing your blood glucose, sending in test results, and testing for diabetes after giving birth.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 3/2013
If you have had a contrast allergy: What you need to know about premedication  
Abstract: This handout is for patients who have had a moderate or severe allergic reaction when they received contrast in the past, who are scheduled for an imaging study that uses contrast materials. The scans discussed are a computed tomography (CT) scan that uses iodinated contrast (X-ray dye) and a magnetic resonance (MR) scan that uses a gadolinium contrast agent. Premedication is explained as a way to prevent another allergic reaction for most patients.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 6/2014
Ileostomy or colostomy takedown: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout is for patients having an ileostomy or colostomy takedown at University of Washington Medical Center. It explains how to prepare starting 1 week before the surgery, and what to expect after the surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2015
Imiquimod cream: Aldara  
Abstract: This handout explains how to use imiquimod cream, a topical cream that activates the body's immune system to help treat some skin diseases. It includes spaces for the dermatologist to write in the times, days, and how long to use the cream.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 2/2011
Implant exchange: For breast reconstruction  
Abstract: This handout tells what to expect when having implant exchange surgery. It includes how to prepare for surgery, and how to plant for your recovery.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 4/2017
Incision and drainage of an abscess  
Abstract: This handout explains the procedure of having an abscess drained, including risks, benefits, and alternatives.
Author: Dental Clinic (Hospital)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington, 2006
Revised Date: 11/2006
Infant safety in the hospital: Tips for ensuring your infant's safety  
Abstract: This handout gives security measures and safety guidelines used at UW Medicine to keep new mothers and their babies safe. It includes information about baby safety classes. This document is a chapter in the birth book "Pregnancy and Giving Birth."
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2017
Infection: Information for Plastic Surgery patients  
Abstract: This handout for Plastic Surgery patients at Harborview Medical Center explains the signs of infection to watch for and gives phone numbers to call if needed.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2015
Influenza" An illness requiring droplet precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes influenza and its symptoms. It also explains how this disease can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting it.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 1/2006
Inpatient bridging for patients on warfarin: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout for patients taking warfarin explains "bridging." This term refers to giving you a different blood-thinning medicine in the hospital when your warfarin therapy must be stopped.
Author: Anticoagulation Clinic/Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 12/2016
Insect bites and stings: Tips for travelers  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to avoid getting insect bites and stings while traveling. It includes safety tips, information about insect repellents, and what insects can cause illness.
Author: Family Medicine Center-RII
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Instructions for clean voided midstream urine collection: female  
Abstract: Instructs on the correct method to obtain a mid-stream urine sample for women.
Author: General Internal Medicine Center (GIMC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 6/1997
Instructions for clean voided midstream urine collection: male  
Abstract: Instructs on the correct way to obtain a mid-stream urine sample for men.
Author: General Internal Medicine Center (GIMC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 6/1997
Insulin instructions: Knowing how much insulin to take   Japanese
Abstract: This worksheet is for patients who have diabetes. It provides customized entries to list insulin requirements based on blood sugar readings at times throughout the day.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 10/2015
Intermittent claudication: Causes, symptoms, and treatments of leg pain  
Abstract: This handout explains intermittent claudication, a symptom of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or atherosclerosis in the arteries that carry blood to the legs. Included is information about causes, symptoms, treatment, and how walking and eating a healthy diet can improve the condition.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2011
Internet resources: for congenital heart patients  
Abstract: This handout is section 2 of the "Congenital Heart Conditions" notebook. It contains a listing of Web sites that may be helpful for heart patients and their loved ones. Headings include Heart Condition Resources, Special Needs State Heart Resources, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Resources, Career Counseling Resources, Financial Aid Resources, and Scholarship Resources.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 8/2012
Intravenous immune globulin (IVIG): Flebogamma, Gammagard, Gamunex, and others  
Abstract: This handout explains treatment with intravenous immune globulin (IVIG). It includes how it is given, common and rare side effects, safety concerns, and other cautions.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012
Intravenous patient controlled analgesia (IV PCA)  
Abstract: This handout for patients at Harborview Medical Center explains how to use intravenous patient controlled analgesia (IV PCA) during the hospital stay. PCA is a system that allows patients to give themselves a dose of pain medicine instead of needing to call a nurse.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 10/2015
IOM: Intraoperative monitoring  
Abstract: This handout explains BAEPs, SSEPs, and language mapping done by the EEG/Evoked Potential Lab in preparation for surgery.
Author: EEG/Evoked Potential Lab
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 6/2006
Iothalamate study: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for an Iothalamate study, a lab procedure performed in Nuclear Medicine. Included are how the scan works, how it is performed, what the patient may feel during the scan, and how to get test results.
Author: Nuclear Medicine, Radiology & Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 5/2009
Iron supplements: What they are for and how to find the right kind for you  
Abstract: This handout explains about iron supplements and why a dermatologist may recommend them. It includes possible side effects and product examples.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 3/2011
IVF egg retrieval: What to expect on the day of your egg retrieval  
Abstract: This handout gives information on what to expect on the day of an egg retrieval, as part of in vitro fertilization (IVF). It includes specific instructions to follow on the day before and day of the procedure, and what wil happen right after the retrieval.
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 12/2016
Keeping your baby safe: Tips to ensure the safety of your infant  
Abstract: This handout offers guidelines to help keep your baby safe while at UWMC and after you leave the hospital. It includes sections on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), falls, shaken baby syndrome, hospital security, car safety, and other injuries that can occur in the home. This document is a chapter in the birth book "Caring for Yourself and Your New Baby."
Author: Maternity and Infant Center (MIC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 9/2016
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band placement: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This booklet explains what to expect from laparoscopic adjustable gastric band placement, how to prepare for the operation, and how to plan for recovery. Included are incision care, pain management, how to take medicines and handle constipation, activities to improve recovery, dietary guidelines, and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 12/2010
Laparoscopic assisted esophagectomy: What to expect, how to prepare for your operationů  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for, what to expect from, and how to plan for recovery from a laparoscopic assisted esophagectomy.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 6/2005
Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy)  
Abstract: This handout explains a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a surgery in which the gallbladder is removed using special instruments. It includes how to prepare, what to expect after the operation, and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 3/2010
Caremap for Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect during their hospital stay when admitted to University of Washington Medical Center for laparoscopic gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy surgery. It covers what to do before surgery day, what to expect while in the hospital, preparing for discharge, and self-care for 2 weeks after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 6/2016
Laser stapedotomy: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for a laser stapedotomy. This surgery rebuilds the parts of the middle ear that conduct sound. A laser is used to create a small hole in the middle ear. The stapes (stirrup bone) is bypassed and replaced by a prosthesis (a man-made part).
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 9/2012
Latent tuberculosis treatment: At University of Washington Medical Center  
Abstract: This handout explains how latent tuberculosis (TB) is treated at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). This is a 12-week program that involves weekly visits to the hospital, taking medicines, and following other specific dietary instructions.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 8/2012
Latissimus flap breast reconstruction: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This handout explains latissimus flap breast reconstruction, including how to prepare, what to expect, care instructions for recovery, and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 4/2017
Leg bag assembly  
Abstract: This handout explains how to put together a leg bag, which is used to collect urine.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1993
Revised Date: 3/2012
Lifestyle and diet changes: Self-care for weight loss surgery patients  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery describes self-care, coping with lifestyle changes, and specific diet instructions before and after surgery. Topics include Meeting Your Nutritional Needs, How to Avoid Problems with Eating, Dumping Syndrome, About Calories, Think Before You Drink, Dining Out, Mindful Eating, and more.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Limited fiber diet: After surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains a low-fiber diet for patients after surgery. It provides sample menus for 2 days, and includes a table of foods that are OK to eat and foods that should be avoided.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2015
Limiting fluids: When you are on a fluid restriction  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect if you are on a fluid restriction diet while you are in the hospital. This information is especially helpful for patients with heart conditions or heart failure.
Author: Nutrition Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 1/2015
Liposuction: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains liposuction and fat grafting when used in breast reconstruction. It includes what to expect, how to prepare, and answers to common questions.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 3/2017
Liposuction for lymphedema: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains liposuction when it is used to treat lymphedema, a swelling caused by problems with the lymphatic system. It includes how to prepare, what to expect, and when to call the clinic.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 3/2017
Liraglutide (Victoza)  
Abstract: This handout explains how to use and store liraglutide (Victoza), a man-made hormone that helps the body release insulin when blood glucose is present. It includes side effects and other cautions.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012
Liver resection CareMap: Your hospital stay: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when having liver resection surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It gives instructions to follow before the day of surgery, and includes goals, medicines, activity and diet restrictions, and the expected care plan for the hospital stay. Brief instructions are also included for after discharge.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 10/2016
Chemoembolization: Cancer treatment straight to the liver   Japanese
Abstract: This handout explains liver transarterial chemoembolization (TACE), which delivers chemotherapy straight into a liver tumor. Included are how to prepare for the procedure, what to expect during and after the procedure, and follow-up care.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 2/2012
Liver/spleen nuclear medicine scan: About your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect when having a liver/spleen nuclear medicine scan at University of Washington Medical Center. It includes special instructions for Radiation Oncology patients.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 11/2016
Living with heart failure   Arabic
Abstract: This handout gives guidelines for patients who are going home after being in the hospital for heart failure. Sections cover daily weighing, when to call the doctor, how to handle medicines, activity and diet restrictions, follow-up visits, and heart disease support group information.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2012
Low-iodine diet  
Abstract: This handout describes a low-iodine diet (less than 50 micrograms per day). Included are lists of foods that can be eaten and foods to avoid while on the diet.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 5/2010
Low-sugar special drink recipes  
Abstract: This handout contains recipes for low-sugar drinks that can be made at home to supplement an oral diet. Flavors are suggested, but may be altered to suit individual tastes.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 3/2010
Lower body exercises in bed: 7 exercises with step-by-step instructions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions for exercises that can be done while in bed to help strengthen the lower body and improve blood flow. Drawings of a person doing the exercises are included.
Author: Physical Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Lower body exercises while sitting:: 5 exercises with step-by-step instructions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions for exercises that can be done while sitting to help strengthen the lower body. Drawings of a person doing the exercises are included.
Author: Physical Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Lower body exercises while standing: 7 exercises with step-by-step instructions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for 7 exercises that can be done while standing to help strengthen the lower body. Illustrations are included.
Author: Physical Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Lower extremity arterial disease: What you should know  
Abstract: This 14-page handout explains lower extremity arterial disease and its treatments. Included is information about arterial circulation, how the disease affects arteries in the legs, risk factors for developing arterial problems, diagnostic tests; control, prevention and treatment options; surgery, and self-care after discharge from the hospital.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 5/2011
How to prepare for your lower GI exam  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients who are having a lower GI (gastrointestinal) exam at University of Washington Medical Center. It gives specific timelines for drinking liquid, drinking magnesium citrate, and taking Dulcolax tablets on the day before and day of the exam.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 2/2016
Lumbar puncture: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains a lumbar puncture, also called a spinal tap. It includes how to prepare, what to expect during and after the exam, and how to get the test results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 3/2017
Lumbar transforaminal nerve block injection: Benefits, risks, what to expect, and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains a lumbar nerve block injection, which is done to diagnose and treat pain. It includes benefits, risks, what to expect, and how to prepare.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 12/2015
Lung Function Testing: How to find us  
Abstract: This handout explains how to find Lung Function Testing at UW Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. It includes driving and parking directions.
Author: Pulmonary Clinic/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 10/2016
Lung surgery: What to expect before, during, and after your surgery  
Abstract: Discusses and illustrates thoractomy, sternotomy, and transverse sternotomy incisions used for lung surgery. Gives procedure instructions, explains the structure of the chest, what lung surgery is, and the five types of lung surgeries: biopsy, wedge resection, lobectomy, pneumonectomy, and lung volume reduction. Also includes instructions for pain control, breathing exercises, activities, medicines, and incision care after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 1/2010
Lymph node dissection: Axilla and groin (What to expect and how to prepare for your operation)  
Abstract: This handout gives pre-procedure and post-procedure information for lymph node dissection (removal) in the armpit (axilla) or groin to diagnose the extent of cancer. It explains the dissection process, what to do 2 weeks and 24 hours before the operation, and after-surgery instructions on precautions, self-care, incision care, drains, pain management, regular medicines, pathology, and exercises.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 3/2010
Lymphangiogram of the lower extremities: How to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for a lymphangiogram, a nuclear medicine scan that is done to diagnose problems in the lymph system. Included are how the scan is done, what the patient may feel during the scan, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 10/2016
Lymphedema: Information for women with breast cancer  
Abstract: This handout, specifically written for women with breast cancer, explains what lymphedema is, the steps that can be taken to lower the risk of it occurring, and what signs to watch for.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 9/2010
Managing pain: After your thoracic surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains common causes of pain after thoracic surgery. It also describes the different treatments that may be prescribed to manage the pain. Possible side effects are included.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 12/2011
Managing pain: If you have an opioid or heroin substance use disorder  
Abstract: This handout for UW Medicine patients explains the methods used for pain control when you are in the hospital and also have an opioid or heroin substance use disorder.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 2/2016
Mastectomy: What to expect, how to prepare, and planning for recovery after breast surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect before and after a mastectomy. Included are preparing for surgery, recovery in the hospital, going home, when to call the doctor, and follow-up.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 9/2010
Mastoidectomy: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This brochure outlines how to prepare for and what to expect from mastoidectomy surgery, which is done when chronic ear disease has not responded to antibiotic treatment.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 1/2016
Measles (Rubeola): An illness requirig airborne precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes measles (Rubeola) and its symptoms. It also explains how this disease can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting it.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 4/2008
Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) surgery: LVAD, RVAD, BiVAD, total artificial heart  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after MCS implant surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It includes information about clinic visits, when to call your MCS team and how to reach them, diet, activity, and home care.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 5/2015
Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) ventricular assist device (VAD) CareMap  
Abstract: This 2-page CareMap gives timelines for the steps patients most often follow when having surgery to have a VAD implanted. It starts with "Activities Before Surgery" and finishes on day 10 after surgery, when most patients are ready to leave the hospital. It includes activity guidelines and dietary restrictions, and well as teaching sessions and other important steps in recovery. (VAD, LVAD)
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 2/2014
Medial branch block: Benefits, risks, what to expect, and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains a medial branch block, an injection that helps your doctor find what is causing your pain.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 12/2015
Mediastinoscopy  
Abstract: This handout discusses what to expect and how to prepare for a mediastinoscopy to biopsy lymph nodes. This operation may be done alone or right before lung surgery. Included are what to expect after the operation, precautions to take, and self-care to speed recovery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 10/2009
Medical abortion: Follow-up at home after receiving mifepristone  
Abstract: This handout explains the follow-up care after a pregnancy is ended using medications, also known as a medical abortion. Step-by-step instructions for using misoprostol tablets are included, as well as symptoms that require a call to the clinic, and what to expect for the weeks following the procedure.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 2/2012
Medication directions using symbols  
Abstract: This handout for patients with minimal literacy skills provides space for the clinician to communicate the name, purpose, appearance, dose and dosing schedule for up to four medicines. An instruction page for the clinician is included, showing how to draw pictures of the pills included in each dose rather than using numerals, and indicating how to attach a sample pill to show medicine appearance.
Author: Interpreter Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 7/2008
Medications after surgery  
Abstract: This handout lists the common medications prescribed for patients after surgery at the Hand Center: oxycodone, morphine sulfate, hydromorphone, naproxen, colace, scopolamine patch, and meclizine. Included are common doses and schedules, how to use the medicine, and common side effects of narcotic pain medicines, anti-inflammatory medicines, stool softeners, and anti-nausea treatments.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 12/2009
Medicine instructions: For patients being discharged  
Abstract: This handout includes a table to be completed by the nurse or pharmacist to instruct patients being discharged on what medicines they are taking, how much to take, how often to take it, and the time of their last dose before leaving the hospital. Includes answers to common questions about opioid pain medicines, side effects, refills, fears of becoming addicted, and how pain medicines help the healing process.
Author: Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 7/2009
Medicines for type 2 diabetes: Basic facts  
Abstract: This handout lists the medicines most often used to help keep blood glucose at healthy levels when a patient has type 2 diabetes. Included are drug names, primary site of action, drug class, how they work, whether it is given by mouth or by injection, and possible side effects.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 7/2016
Medicines to avoid before surgery: When your doctor tells you to avoidů  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions about and provides lists of medicines -- including aspirin, prescription products, herbs and vitamins -- to avoid before having surgery to prevent bleeding problems.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 1/2016
Medicines: After your lung transplant  
Abstract: This handout explains the types of medicines that will be taken by lung transplant patients after their surgery. It includes tips on organizing medicines, deciding on a pharmacy, guidelines for taking medicines, what to avoid when taking immunosuppressive drugs, and information about specific immunosuppressants such as basiliximab, tacrolimus, mycophenolate, prednisone, cyclosporine, sirolimus, and others.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 6/2016
Melphalan (Alkeran)  
Abstract: This handout describes the medication Melphaline (Alkeran), including how it is given/taken, common side effects, and possible drug-drug or drug-food interactions. Authored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, this information is made available to UWMC clinicians by agreement between SCCA and UWMC, as a service to the patients who visit both health care facilities.
Author: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Publisher/Date: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 2004
Revised Date: 1/2011
Men's Health Center: Driving directions and parking  
Abstract: This handout provides driving directions and parking information for UWMC's Men's Health Center in Seattle. It includes directions from Interstate 5 and Interstate 405.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 5/2014
Metformin and your scan  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to stop taking medicines that contain metformin on the day of a procedure that uses iodine contrast material (radiology dye).
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 10/2015
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA): An organism requiring contact precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes MRSA and who is at risk for getting it. It also explains how this disease can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting it.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 12/2009
Methorexate injections: Steps to follow  
Abstract: This handout explains the drug methotrexate, its side effects, drug interactions, and how to give yourself a subcutaneous injection.
Author: Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 12/2015
Methotrexate  
Abstract: This handout describes the medication Methotrexate, including how it is given/taken, common side effects, and possible drug-drug or drug-food interactions. Authored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, this information is made available to UWMC clinicians by agreement between SCCA and UWMC, as a service to the patients who visit both health care facilities.
Author: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Publisher/Date: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 2004
Revised Date: 1/2011
Methotrexate: To treat skin conditions  
Abstract: This handout discusses the medicine methotrexate, which is used for many skin disorders such as psoriasis. It includes doses, monitoring, side effects, and drug interactions.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Micro-direct laryngoscopy: Vocal cord surgery, injection, or laser excision  
Abstract: This handout explains what happens during a micro-direct laryngoscopy, a procedure to examine the larynx (voice box) with a microscope. Included are self-care instructions to follow while recovering from the surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 6/2010
Middle ear surgery: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for middle ear surgery, which is done to repair the eardrum (tympanic membrane) or small hearing bones (ossicles) in the middle ear. These may be repaired using either man-made or natural tissues. This surgery is done to restore hearing.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 8/2012
MIR: Rectal scan: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains how an MRI scan of the rectum works, how it is done, how to prepare for it, what to expect, and how to get your results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 3/2017
Miscarriage: Your treatment options and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what a miscarriage is, the possible causes, and choices for treatment, including "watch and wait" (expectant management), using the medication misoprostol, and vacuum aspiration.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 2/2012
Mitral regurgitation: Causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment  
Abstract: This handout describes mitral regurgitation, a disease of the mitral valve in the heart. It explains how this disease is diagnosed and evaluated, the treatment options, and how your doctor will decide what treatment is best for you.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 9/2015
Moisturizing your skin graft and skin graft donor site: Information for Plastic Surgery patients  
Abstract: This handout for Plastic Surgery patients at Harborview Medical Center explains how to choose a moisturizer and how to apply it to a skin graft and skin graft donor site.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2015
Molluscum: Causes and treatments  
Abstract: This handout explains what molluscum are and how they are treated. Included are sections on treating molluscum with Cantharone (a topical gel), liquid nitrogen, and scraping.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Monitoring your diabetes  
Abstract: This handout explains how the Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center at University of Washington Medical Center helps patients monitor their diabetes. Topics include home blood glucose monitoring, continuous glucose monitoring, urine ketone testing, and the 3-month blood glucose (glycosylated hemoglobin) test.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1994
Revised Date: 7/2016
Mouth and dental care: Before, during, and after radiation to the head and neck  
Abstract: This handout explains the changes in oral health that occur during radiation therapy for head and/or neck cancer. Included are short-term and long-term changes, and how to apply fluoride.
Author: Dental Clinic (Hospital)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 11/2006
Moving to "the floor": Building on your healing  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect when a patient is stable enough to leave the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and move to "the floor." This move to another unit in the hospital means the patient needs less monitoring and will be able to have more mobility.
Author: Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/5E, 5SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 3/2010
MRI abdomen scan: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout describes an MRI scan of the abdomen, which is done to take detailed pictures of the body's organs and tissues. It includes how to prepare for the exam, how it works, how it is done, what to expect, and how to get the exam results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 3/2015
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) arthrograms  
Abstract: This handout explains how an MRI arthrogram works, how it is done, how to prepare for it, what to expect, and how to get your results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 3/2015
Head MRI: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam of the brain. It includes how the exam works, how it is done, how to prepare for it, what to expect, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 1/2015
MRI defecography: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect when having an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) defecography exam at University of Washington Medical Center. It includes important information about how to prepare for the exam.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 3/2015
MRI: Enterography scan: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout for patients having an MRI enterography scan explains what to expect and how to prepare. It includes important safety instructions.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 3/2015
Functional MRI: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) -- also called an fMRI -- of the brain. It includes how the exam works, how it is done, how to prepare for it, what to expect, and how to get the test results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 3/2015
MRI cardiac scan: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout describes an MRI scan of the heart, used to take detailed pictures of the cardiac vessels and tissues. It includes how the scan works, how it is done, how to prepare , what to expect during the scan, and how to get results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 1/2015
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)  
Abstract: This handout explains the magnetic resonance imaging test including what will happen and how to prepare.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 3/2015
MRI: Musculoskeletal scan  
Abstract: This handout explains the musculoskeletal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam. It covers how the exam works, how it is done, how to prepare for it, what to expect, and receiving results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 1/2015
Neck MRI: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains an MRI exam of the neck, used to get detailed pictures of the neck structure. It includes how the exam works, how to prepare, how it is done, what to expect during the exam, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 1/2015
MRI pelvis scan: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains how an MRI of the pelvis works, how it is done, how to prepare for it, what to expect during the exam, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 3/2015
MRI prostate scan: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout describes an MRI exam of the prostate, which gives detailed pictures of the prostate and the structures around it. It includes how the scan works, how to prepare, what to expect, and how to get the test results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 3/2015
Spine MRI : How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout describes the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam of the spine. It includes how the exam works, how it is done, how to prepare for it, what to expect, and how to get the test results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 3/2015
Multi-Gated acquisition (MUGA): About your scan  
Abstract: This handout explains a multi-gated acquisition (MUGA) scan. This diagnostic test shows how well your heart works when you are resting. It is often used for people who are going to start chemotherapy treatment, which involves medicines that may be toxic to the heart. Sections include "How should I prepare?" "How does the scan work?" and "What should I expect during and after the scan?"
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 12/2012
Multi-resistant gram negative rods (ESBLs and CRs): Organisms requiring contact precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes multi-resistant gram negative rods and who is at risk for getting them. It also explains how these diseases can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting them.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 4/2008
Mumps: An illness requiring droplet precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes mumps and its symptoms. It also explains how this disease can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting it.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 4/2008
My goals for discharge from the hospital   Arabic
Abstract: This one-page guide provides visual support for patients in the hospital for heart conditions. It includes places to fill in "My Health Today," "Today's Goals," and "My Questions for the Team." It also supplies a "Discharge Checklist" so that patients clearly understand what they need to know and do before they can be discharged from the hospital.
Author: 5NE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 8/2012
Mycophenolate: To treat pulmonary fibrosis  
Abstract: This handout explains mycophenolate, an immunosuppressant medicine, which is used to reduce inflammation by making the immune system less active. Included are how to take it, special precautions, possible side effects, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Pulmonary Clinic/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2011
Nasal surgery: Septorhinoplasty  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for septorhinoplasty, surgery to improve the function or appearance of the nose. Also included are care instructions to follow after surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Native kidney biopsy  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to prepare for a kidney biopsy, about related risks, and getting test results.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 3/2004
Newborn screening: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains the screening tests that are required for all babies born in Washington state. These tests check for congenital disorders, which are medical conditions that are present at birth. The tests include metabolic, hearing, pulse oximetry, and jaundice screening. This document is a chapter in the birth book "Caring for Yourself and Your New Baby."
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 9/2016
Newborn warning signs  
Abstract: This handout lists warning signs that require a call to a newborn's clinic, health care provider, or 9-1-1. This document is a chapter in the birth book "Caring for Yourself and Your New Baby."
Author: Perinatal Education
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 9/2016
Nipple reconstruction: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains how nipple reconstruction is done, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery. Instructions are included both for a procedure done in clinic and for a procedure done in an operating room. A brief explanation of nipple tattooing is also included.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 4/2017
Nipple tattooing: After breast reconstruction  
Abstract: This handout for women who have had breast reconstruction describes how to prepare for nipple tattooing and what to expect afterward.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 3/2017
Nutrition after your whipple surgery: Helping your recover  
Abstract: This handout gives diet tips for patients who have had whipple surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It explains why a special diet is needed and gives lists of foods to eat and foods to avoid.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2016
Nutrition and food safety during pregnancy  
Abstract: This handout for pregnant women is about eating safely to help herself and her growing baby stay healthy. It includes sections on weight gain, important nutrients, and foods to avoid. This document is a chapter in the birth book "Pregnancy and Giving Birth."
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2017
Nutrition during pregnancy when you have diabetes  
Abstract: This handout gives guidelines for food choices for women who have diabetes during pregnancy. It explains what carbohydrates should be avoided and why, and gives helpful tips for keeping blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible. It includes suggestions for what foods to eat at meals and snacks.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 1/2011
Nutrition guidelines during pregnancy: Healthy eating for you and your baby  
Abstract: This handout explains why it is important to eat a healthy diet during pregnancy. It includes answers to common questions pregnant women have, such as "How much weight gain is normal?" "How many calories do I need to eat every day?" "Do I need to take vitamins?" and "What foods are best to eat?" It also has sections on nutrients, food and safety concerns, meal ideas, and activity and exercise.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 6/2013
Occupational therapy after cardiac surgery: Helping you move safely  
Abstract: This handout explains what occupational therapy is and why it is important after cardiac surgery. Included are important precautions to follow and what to expect during therapy sessions.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Octreotide study: How to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for an octreotide study, a nuclear medicine procedure that is used to diagnose tumors. It includes an overview of the study, how it is done, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 5/2014
Ointment applicators: For putting lotion or cream on your back  
Abstract: This handout describes 2 kinds of applicators that patients can use to put ointment on their own backs. Some brand names and prices (as of December 2010) are included.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 12/2010
Omalizumab (Xolair)  
Abstract: This handout describes omalizumab, an injectable medicine for patients who have allergic asthma. This medicine is used in combination with other inhaled asthma medicines. Side effects and the possibility of anaphylaxis are discussed.
Author: Pulmonary Clinic/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 1/2010
Online resources: For patients having weight loss surgery  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery lists websites that provide more information about weight loss surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Open wet dressings  
Abstract: This handout explains how to make and use an open wet dressing, sometimes used to treat dermatitis (skin inflammation) and to hydrate (put water into) the skin. This makes topical steroid creams or ointments applied to the skin more effective.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Open-ended dental care under general anesthesia: Helping you understand procedure and consent form  
Abstract: This handout provides information about open-ended dental care under general anesthesia, including risks, benefits, and alternatives.
Author: Dental Clinic (Hospital)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 11/2006
Ostomy care map  
Abstract: This care map provides day-by-day instructions for a patient with an ostomy. Included are categories for physical activity, diet, health education, and discharge planning. This care map covers care before and the first 5 days after surgery.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 2/2012
Otoplasty: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This brochure outlines what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery from otoplasty surgery, done to alter the appearance of the outer ear.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 6/2010
Outpatient bridging for patients on warfarin: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout for patients taking warfarin explains "bridging." This term refers to giving you injections of a different blood-thinning medicine when your warfarin therapy must be stopped.
Author: Anticoagulation Clinic/Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 12/2016
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome: Symptoms and treatments  
Abstract: This handout explains ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, a condition that can occur when some fertility medicines are used. Included are causes, symptoms, prevention, and when to call the clinic.
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 11/2011
Ovulation induction-sequential intrauterine insemination: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout is for patients at University Reproductive Care in Seattle. It explains the steps involved in a fertility treatment called "ovulation induction-sequential/intrauterine insemination."
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2016
Oral ovulation induction/intrauterine insemination: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout is for patients at University Reproductive Care in Seattle. It explains the steps involved in a fertility treatment called "ovulation induction/intrauterine insemination."
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2016
Pain control after reconstructive surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout is for women who have had reconstructive surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It explains what pain to expect after surgery, how it will be controlled, and when to call the clinic.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2017
Pain control after spine surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains how pain is controlled with prescription pain medicines (opioids) after spine surgery at Harborview Medical Center. It includes safety precautions, tips for preventing constipation, how to taper doses, and who to call for help.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 5/2016
Pain management (full-page): A guide for patients  
Abstract: This handout contains the same information as the booklet by the same title, but in a full-page format for ease in printing. Information is provided about controlling pain and communicating with health care providers to find methods that work. It includes the "Tell Us About Your Pain" pain scales and facts about opioid pain medicines. Translations in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese are available in the booklet format.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 11/2011
Pain management: A guide for patients   Japanese
Abstract: This booklet provides information about controlling pain and communicating with health care providers to find methods that work. Includes the "Tell Us About Your Pain" and "Facts About Opioid Pain Medications" insert. Three examples of pain scales are provided.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 9/2010
Pain relief during labor: Common pain relief options used at UWMC  
Abstract: This handout explains common pain relief options used during labor and delivery at UWMC, when and how they are used, and what the risks are. This document is a chapter in the birth book "Pregnancy and Giving Birth."
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 12/2012
Palifermin (Kepivance)  
Abstract: This handout describes the medication Palifermin (Kepivance), including how it is given/taken, common side effects, and possible drug-drug or drug-food interactions. Authored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, this information is made available to UWMC clinicians by agreement between SCCA and UWMC, as a service to the patients who visit both health care facilities.
Author: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Publisher/Date: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 2009
Revised Date: 1/2011
Pancreaticoduodenectomy/whipple CareMap  
Abstract: This CareMap gives timelines for the steps patients most often follow when having a pancreaticoduodenectomy, also called a whipple procedure, where part or all of the pancreas and the duodenum are removed. The CareMap starts before surgery with a pre-op testing and medicine instructions, and finishes on day 5 after surgery, when most patients are ready to leave the hospital. It includes activity guidelines and dietary restrictions, and well as teaching sessions and other important steps in recovery and follow-up.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 10/2016
Paraesophageal hernia: What it is and how it is treated  
Abstract: This handout explains what a paraesophageal hernia is, its symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated. It includes details about what to expect before and after surgery to repair your hernia.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 7/2013
Parainfluenza viruses (common cold and croup): Illnesses requiring droplet and contact precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes human parainfluenza viruses (common cold and croup) and their symptoms. It also explains how these diseases can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting them.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 5/2006
Parkinson's disease testing: Important instructions and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout gives important instructions for patients who are scheduled for a test to assess their symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Included are directions to follow and how to handle medicines the night before and the day of the test, and what to expect during the test.
Author: Neurology Clinic/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 2/2012
Partners in care: You and your healthcare team  
Abstract: This handout explains how patients can partner with their healthcare team to make their best choices about their health. Sections cover talking with healthcare providers, what friends and family can do to help, how to prevent the spread of infection, what to know about medicines, why medical records are needed, how to report concerns, and questions to ask about diagnosis, treatments, and procedures. Also included are important phone numbers for University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).
Author: Patient and Family Education Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2016
Patient and family guide: Units 7-Northeast, 7-Southeast, and 8-Northeast  
Abstract: This guide describes the services and facilities that University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients and families may use while at UWMC. Topics such as "Your Health Care Team," "About the Cancer Care Units" and "Patient, Family and Visitor Facilities" are covered.
Author: 7SE (Gyn-Oncology, Heme Oncology, Radiation Oncology)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 2/2009
Patient journal: Your 3-day record  
Abstract: This 3-day journal provides blank tables for a patient to record their food and fluid intake and tube feedings, medicines, symptoms, and side effects. A short list of measurement conversions is included, as well as a severity scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being "None" and 10 being "Intolerable."
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 2/2010
Patient to-do list/Helpful tips for a successful experience at the Center for Pain Relief  
Abstract: This handout includes a "to-do" list for patients who visit the Center for Pain Relief and information about how to make the best use of appointments at the center. (The document may be printed back-to-back and cut lengthwise to create a two-sided, half-page handout.)
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 2/2011
PCA: Patient controlled analgesia  
Abstract: This handout explains how to use a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) for patient-controlled pain relief.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 5/2010
PCOS nutrition: Eating for health when you have polycystic ovarian syndrome  
Abstract: This handout gives dietary guidelines for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). It includes sections on eating a balanced diet, planning meals and snacks, healthy eating tips, and moving for health.
Author: Nutrition Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 4/2015
Pentoxifylline: Trental  
Abstract: This handout explains pentoxifylline, a drug that improves blood flow and lowers the amount of collagen created by the body. Included are usual dose information and cautions.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
Percutaneous gastrostomy: "G-tube," or stomach feeding tube  
Abstract: This handout explains what percutaneous gastrostomy is, how they are placed, and what to expect when you have one. Includes detailed instructions to follow before and after the procedure.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012
Percutaneous mitral valve replacement (MitraClip) procedure CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect during their hospital stay when admitted to University of Washington Medical Center for a percutaneous mitral valve replacement procedure. It lists goals, patient teaching, activity and diet restrictions, and the expected care plan for 3 days.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 4/2014
Percutaneous nephrostomy tube: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains a nephrostomy tube -- what it is, why it is needed, how long it may be needed, and possible benefits and risks. It includes instructions to follow before the procedure, what to expect during and after the procedure, and self-care at home.
Author: 4S (Special Procedure Unit)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 5/2014
Transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery caremap  
Abstract: This CareMap for patients and their caregivers shows the care plan that is expected after having percutaneous transcatheter aortic valve replacement. The CareMap covers events on the day of surgery, from admit to the hospital through discharge training. (TAVR, aortic stenosis)
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 4/2017
Peripheral nerve block: What to expect and self-care  
Abstract: This handout explains a peripheral nerve block injection, which is done to control pain during a hospital stay after surgery. It includes what to expect, how long the injection lasts, and when to call the nurse.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 12/2015
Peripheral nerve or joint injection: Benefits, risks, how to prepare, and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains injections that are done to diagnose or treat pain.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 5/2017
Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC): Helping you understand your procedure  
Abstract: This handout describes what to expect from having a PIC catheter placed. It gives information about the procedure, including risks, benefits, and alternatives.
Author: Vascular Access Program
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 3/2016
Pertussis (whooping cough): An illness requiring droplet precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes pertussis (whooping cough) and its symptoms. It also explains how this disease can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from gettting it.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 5/2006
PET/CT FDG body scan: Positron emission tomography  
Abstract: This handout tells about a positron emission tomography (PET)/CT body scan. The test is done to help diagnose cancer and other health problems. Included are common uses of a PET scan, what to expect, how to prepare, how the scan works, and how to get test results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 10/2016
PET/CT FDG brain scan: Positron emission tomography  
Abstract: This handout explains a positron emission tomography (PET)/CT FDG brain scan, which allows doctors to see your brain while it is working. This scan is often used to check for tumors and to find the reason for memory problems. Included are how to prepare for the scan, what to expect, and how to get your results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2016
PET/CT rest/stress cardiac perfusion scan: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout describes a PET/CT rest/stress cardiac perfusion scan. It includes how the scan works, how to prepare, what to expect, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 3/2017
Cardiac PET scan for cardiac sarcoidosis: How to prepare for your scan  
Abstract: This handout gives special instructions for patients who are having a PET/CT scan for cardiac sarcoidosis. Included are suggested foods to eat the day before, what to expect on the day of the scan, how to find the Nuclear Medicine Clinic, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 2/2016
Pharyngogram: About your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains how a pharyngogram works, how it is performed, how to prepare for it, what to expect during the exam, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 1/2016
Photodynamic therapy: Treatment for actinic keratosis  
Abstract: This handout explains photodynamic therapy, a treatment for a skin problem called actinic keratosis. It includes how to prepare for the therapy, what to expect, and possible side effects.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 10/2016
Physical and occupational therapy exercises: For weight loss surgery patients  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery explains exercises that are recommended after weight loss surgery. Step-by-step instructions and illustrations for 7 exercises are included.
Author: Surgery Center Recovery Room/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Physical therapy after cardiac surgery: Helping you regain your mobility  
Abstract: This handout explains why exercise is important after cardiac surgery. Included are important precautions to follow, what to expect during physical therapy sessions in the hospital, and goals for an exercise program at home after surgery.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) and midline catheters: patient's guide to PICC and midline catheters  
Abstract: This handout describes the use of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) and midline catheters in long-term intravenous therapy at home. It explains how and where they are inserted and the conditions for which they are used. It includes catheter care, including changing the dressing and flushing and lists problems that might occur, such as breaks, movement, blockage, infection, drainage, blood under bandage, pain, and swelling.
Author: Vascular Access Program
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 3/2016
Pilonidal cyst surgery: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect from pilonidal cyst surgery, how to prepare for the operation, and how to plan for recovery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 5/2010
Planned Cesarean delivery enhanced recovery CareMap: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for Cesarean deliery at University of Washington Medical Center. It summarizes how to get ready for the surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and during the hospital stay, and self-care after discharge.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 3/2017
Planning for your hospital stay: Thinking it through  
Abstract: This brochure covers the basics of planning a hospital stay, including what to bring and how to best prepare for discharge. A place is provided to write down questions and comments. Key phone numbers are listed.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 9/2004
Planning for your pressure injury flap surgery  
Abstract: This handout gives a short overview of what patients need to do before their pressure injury flap surgery at Harborview Medical Center. It also includes a brief summary of what to expect after surgery.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 8/2016
Plasma exchange: Treatment for your condition  
Abstract: This handout explains how a plasma exchange is done, the risks involved, and what symptoms to watch for and report during the procedure. The patient must sign a consent form before getting this treatment.
Author: Neurology Clinic/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 6/2010
Posaconazole (Noxafil): About your medicine  
Abstract: This handout explains the medicine posaconazole, which is used to prevent and treat fungal infections. A common brand name is Noxafil.
Author: Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 2/2015
Post cryotherapy procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains cryotherapy as well as its risks, side effects (cramping and vaginal discharge) and when to be seen for a follow up visit.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 1/2002
Potassium in foods  
Abstract: This handout lists the amount of potassium in many foods. This information is helpful for patients who have been advised to limit the amount of potassium in their diet. These are guidelines only.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2011
Prednisone: To treat pulmonary fibrosis  
Abstract: This handout explains prednisone, a steroid medicine used to reduce inflammation. Included are how to take the medicine and possible side effects.
Author: Pulmonary Clinic/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2011
Preimplantation genetic testing: Testing embryos before they are placed in the uterus  
Abstract: This handout explains preimplantation genetic testing, a test for abnormal chromosomes in an embryo. It includes how the tests are done and what to expect.
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 12/2016
Prenatal testing: Integrated screen: At UW Maternal Fetal Medicine in Yakima  
Abstract: This handout explains an integrated screen, which is a test done during pregnancy to check the fetus for Down syndrome, trisomy 18, or spina bifida.
Author: Maternal Fetal Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 9/2014
Preparing for radiation treatment: For prostate cancer  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare when having radiation treatment for prostate cancer at University of Washington Medical Center.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 8/2014
Preparing for surgery: For weight loss surgery patients  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery explains self-care, coping with lifestyle changes, and diet instructions before and after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Preparing for your C-section  
Abstract: This slideshow explains how to prepare for a C-section (Cesarean section) at University of Washington Medical Center. It includes what to expect before and after surgery, and basic self-care at home afterward.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 3/2017
Preparing for your cryopreserved stem cell infusion  
Abstract: This handout covers information about a stem cell infusion, including what happens before, during and after the infusion, as well as possible side effects.
Author: HSCT Transplant/8NE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 12/2006
Preparing for your gamma knife treatment: What to do  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for your gamma knife treatment at the Gamma Knife Center at Harborview Medical Center.
Author: Alvord Brain Tumor Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 8/2016
Preparing for your procedure: At Harborview Medical Center  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients having a procedure at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 5/2017
Preparing for your TAVR: Planning ahead  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for a transacatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) when the surgery is done at University of Washington Medical Center. TAVR is used to treat aortic stenosis. The handout contains a sample calendar for keeping track of appointments. Sections include planning for the return home and what to do 2 weeks, 1 week, 2 days, and 24 hours before the surgery.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 1/2014
Preparing for your TMVr with the MitraClip: Planning ahead  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for your transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr) with the MitraClip. It includes a checklist to keep track of everything you need to do before your procedure day, and a CareMap to let you know what to expect during your hospital stay.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 9/2015
Preserving sperm before your cancer treatment: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout explains the process of preserving sperm (cryopreservation) before having treatment for cancer. This information is specific to the Male Fertility Lab and the Men's Health Center at University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 5/2014
Pressure injury flap surgery CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for pressure injury flap surgery at Harborview Medical Center. It covers how to get ready for the surgery, what to expect during the hospital stay, and what to expect during the recovery phase in a 24-hour care facility.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 8/2016
Preterm labor: Warning signs and symptoms  
Abstract: This handout gives signs and symptoms to watch for that may mean a pregnant woman is in preterm labor.
Author: Perinatal Education
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Prevent the spread of infection: For visiting oncology patients in isolation  
Abstract: This flyer details the infection control precautions to follow when visiting oncology patients in isolation.
Author: Oncology/7SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 6/2006
Preventing bloodstream infections from central line catheters  
Abstract: This handout explains central line catheters, and how to reduce the risk of infection. Included are signs, prevention, and treatment of infections.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 12/2009
Privacy policy for recordings during labor and delivery: Photos, video, and audio recordings  
Abstract: This brochure outlines UWMC's staff privacy policies for expectant parents who wish to record their process of labor and delivery. Specifically, it states that patients, family members, and visitors must request permission for filming or otherwise recording UWMC staff, and that all staff have the right to refuse to be photographed or recorded.
Author: Maternity and Infant Center (MIC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Prostate cancer and erectile function: Answers to your questions  
Abstract: This handout answers questions about erectile function after treatment for prostate cancer.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 2/2015
Prostate ultrasound and seed marker insertion  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for a prostate ultrasound and seed marker insertion. Included are how the procedure is done, what risks are involved, and contact information for scheduling a radiation planning session or simulation.
Author: Urology Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 2/2010
Proton pump inhibitors: What they are and how they work  
Abstract: This handout explains proton pump inhibitors, medicines that decrease the amount of acid made in the stomach. These drugs are used to ease symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Included are how to take the medicine and possible side effects.
Author: Pulmonary Clinic/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2011
Pulpectomy: Helping you understand your procedure and the consent form  
Abstract: This handout explains the pulpectomy procedure, which is the start of a root canal. Included are risks, benefits, and alternatives.
Author: Dental Clinic (Hospital)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 11/2006
Pulsed dye laser treatment: Patient information  
Abstract: This brochure discusses pulsed dye laser treatment: what it does, how it works, what happens during treatment, precautions to follow before and after treatment, and insurance coverage.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 7/2004
Questions before discharge: After your vaginal or abdominal surgery  
Abstract: This handout for patients getting ready to leave the hospital provides space for them to fill in answers to questions such as "How and when do I take my medicines?"; "What are my activity and diet restrictions?"; "When can I drive?"; "When do I see my doctor again, and what problems should I report?"; and "What numbers do I call if I have any questions?"
Author: Urology Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 6/2012
Quick guide to your kidney transplant: Steps on your journey  
Abstract: This brochure gives an overview of the steps patients need to take before and after kidney transplant. It explains referral, clinic visits, tests, wait time, getting the call for transplant surgery, and more.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 7/2016
Quitting smoking before your surgery: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout about quitting smoking is for patients who are planning to have reconstructive surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. Surgery patients are required to avoid all tobacco or other nicotine products for at least 6 weeks before their surgery.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 8/2015
Radiation effects during angiography: About your procedure and possible risks  
Abstract: This handout explains what angiography is, how it is done, and possible side effects.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 12/2013
Radiation to the abdomen: What you should know  
Abstract: This handout describes the most common side effects from radiation to the abdomen. It includes guidelines for treating or coping with nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, stomach discomfort, difficulty with urination, and skin reactions.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 10/2010
Radiation to the brain: What you should know  
Abstract: This handout describes the most common side effects from radiation to the brain, what to do to treat or cope with them, and when to call the doctor or nurse. Side effects include skin reactions, hair loss, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, earaches, headaches and other neurological symptoms. A short section on taking steroid medicines to treat these symptoms is included.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 3/2010
Radiation to the breast: What to expect before, during, and after treatment  
Abstract: This handout describes radiation treatment for breast cancer. It includes what to expect and how to handle side effects, physical changes, and emotional responses.
Author: Cancer Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 12/2016
Radiation to the chest: What you should know  
Abstract: This handout lists the most comon side effects that occur for patients having radiation to their chest. Many tips are provided to help minimize or manage side effects.
Author: Cancer Center/Department of Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 5/2015
Radiation to the pelvis: What you should know  
Abstract: This handout lists the most common side effects during radiation to the pelvis. Many tips are provided to help minimize or manage side effects.
Author: Cancer Center/Department of Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 2/2012
Radiation to the spine: What you should know  
Abstract: This handout explains radiation therapy to the spine, a treatment that focuses on tumors, killing cancer cells, and reducing tumor masses. Included is a list of possible side effects.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 5/2008
Radiation Treatment in Children  
Abstract: This brochure explains details about radiation treatment in children, from what will happen to who will provide care.
Author: Cancer Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 8/2009
Radioactive seed implant: After your treatment for prostate cancer  
Abstract: This handout explains radioactive seed implant treatment for prostate cancer. Included is what to expect during and after the implant procedure, radiation safety precautions, side effects, and follow-up visits at the Urology Clinic and Radiation Oncology.
Author: Urology Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 10/2010
Radiofrequency ablation for pain relief: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains radiofrequency ablation (RFA), a treatment to reduce pain. RFA uses radio waves to heat a small area of nerve tissue, which decreases or blocks the pain signals from that area.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 12/2015
Radiofrequency ablation to treat solid tumors  
Abstract: This handout explains what radiofrequency ablation is and what to expect when you have it done to treat solid tumors. It includes illustrations of a heat probe with wires going into a tumor.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 3/2012
Range of motion exercises: For shoulder, arm, and hand  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions for 7 simple exercises that will help your gain flexibility in your shoulder, arm, and hand. Be sure to check with your physical therapist before trying any new exercises.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 12/2011
Range of motion: Self-exercise program  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions and illustrations for 10 exercises to help prevent injuries to the upper body and increase strength and range of motion in the arms.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 3/2010
Rapid response team: Information for patients and family members  
Abstract: This brochure explains what a Rapid Response Team is, what the team does, when the team is called, warning signs to watch for that may show a patient is getting much sicker, who may call the team, and tips to help create a safe care experience.
Author: Patient and Family Education Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 6/2012
Reading a prescription label and ordering refills  
Abstract: This handout explains how to read a prescription label and order refills. Included is a copy of a label showing where to find your UWMC patient ID number, the number of refills allowed, the date of your original prescription, the prescription (Rx) number, and the date that the drug expires and must be discarded.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 7/2011
Recipes and diet suggestions: For weight loss surgery patients  
Abstract: This lengthy section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery contains recipes that may be helpful after surgery. Included are Protein Products, Blended Recipes, Flavoring Ideas, Soft Recipes, and Desserts.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Recovering at home after anesthesia  
Abstract: This handout gives activity guidelines to follow after anesthesia. It also explains what side effects are normal after anesthesia and surgery, and when the patient should call for help.
Author: Anesthesiology Clinical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 12/2011
Reducing your opioid use: Tapering safely  
Abstract: This handout explains why it is important to reduce opioid use. It describes ways to safely reduce (taper) your dose of these pain medicines.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 6/2016
Reflux esophagitis and cystic fibrosis: Helpful tips  
Abstract: This handout gives helpful tips for cystic fibrosis patients who need help reducing or preventing reflux esophagitis, also called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Author: Cystic Fibrosis Clinic/Med. Spec. Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 7/2011
Reflux esophagitis: For Pulmonary Clinic patients  
Abstract: This handout gives helpful tips for patients who need help reducing or preventing reflux esophagitis, also called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Author: Pulmonary Clinic/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 7/2011
Removal of teeth: Helping you understand your procedure and the consent form  
Abstract: This handout explains the removal of teeth, including risks, benefits, and alternatives.
Author: Dental Clinic (Hospital)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 11/2006
Removing a retroperitoneal/pelvic tumor: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect and how to prepare for surgery to remove a mass or tumor in the pelvic area. The surgery may involve removing other organs and tissues as needed to completely remove the mass.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 3/2010
Respiratory syncyntial virus (RSV): An illness requiring doplet precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and its symptoms. It also explains how this disease can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting it.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 4/2008
Restrictions after a Cesarean section  
Abstract: This handout lists activity restrictions for a woman who has had a baby by Cesarean section.
Author: Perinatal Education
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Restrictions while you are pregnant  
Abstract: This handout provides a checklist for the perinatal doctor or nurse to mark activity restrictions for a pregnant woman. The provider may check "Not restricted," "Bedrest," "Modfied bedrest," or "Complete bedrest." Other specific activities such as housework, driving, shopping, etc. are listed.
Author: Perinatal Education
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Retrograde urethrogram: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains how a retrograde urethrogram works, how it is done, how to prepare for it, what to expect during the exam, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 1/2016
Rhinoplasty: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This brochure explains what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery from rhinoplasty surgery, which is done to alter the appearance of the nose.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 1/2010
Rib fractures: What you should know  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect after a rib fracture. It includes instructions for using an incentive spirometer to help prevent pneumonia or a collapsed lung.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 7/2015
Right heart catheterization: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout gives important instructions for patients who are scheduled for a right heart catheterization at University of Washington Medical Center. It includes how to prepare before coming to the hospital, what to bring with you, fasting instructions, what to expect during the procedure, and activity restriction afterward.
Author: Cardiac Procedures
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 12/2016
Rubella: An illness requiring droplet precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes Rubella and its symptoms. It also explains how this disease can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting it.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 4/2008
Ruxolitinib  
Abstract: This handout describes the medication Ruxolitinib, including why it is prescribed, how it should be used, special precautions to follow, and common side effects. This handout was authored by MedLinePlus and is made available to UWMC clinicians by agreement between SCCA and UWMC, as a service to the patients who visit both health care facilities.
Author: MedLinePlus
Publisher/Date: MedLinePlus, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012
Sacroiliac joint injections: Benefits, risks, how to prepare, and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains sacroiliac joint injections to diagnose or treat pain. It includes risks, how to prepare, and what to expect during and after the injection.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 3/2016
Safe management of chemotherapy at home  
Abstract: This handout explains the special precautions that must be taken to prevent chemotherapy medicines from coming into contact with others. Included are disposal guidelines and answers to commonly asked safety questions when dealing with hazardous chemotherapy drugs in the home. Authored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, this information is made available to UWMC clinicians by agreement between SCCA and UWMC, as a service to the patients who visit both health care facilities.
Author: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Publisher/Date: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2011
Safe swallowing tips: How to avoid aspiration and choking  
Abstract: This handout gives tips to help lower the risk of aspiration and choking. It includes check boxes for a speech pathologist to indicate the most helpful tips for the patient.
Author: Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 11/2011
Save your energy: Tips to make daily activities easier to do  
Abstract: This handout gives tips for saving energy while doing daily activities. Included are sections on pacing, supporting the body, organizing the home, and planning self-care and household tasks so that they are not as tiring.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 11/2011
Scars and healing: How to care for your incision  
Abstract: This handout explains incision scars and how to help them heal. It includes sections on scarring phases, sealing, showering, sun exposure, nutition, massage, hypertrophic scars and keloids, and using silicone gel or sheets to help scar tissue form.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2017
Scopolamine patch: What it is and how to use it  
Abstract: This handout explains how to use a scopolamine patch. This patch is used to help prevent nausea and vomiting after having general anesthesia. Important precautions and side effects are included.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 10/2010
Sedation for your radiology exam or procedure: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains moderate sedation and minimal sedation, which may be used for some radiology procedures and exams. It explains what to expect, how to prepare, and what to do after sedation.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 6/2013
Self-care after chemotherapy: What to expect and how to manage symptoms  
Abstract: This handout for chemotherapy patients at University of Washington Medical Center explains how to take care of yourself when you leave the hospital. It includes sections on nausea and vomiting, constipation, food safety, fatigue, infections, handling body fluids, and hair loss.
Author: 6SE (Orthopedics, Oral Surg, Ophthalmology)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 3/2016
Self-care after radiofrequency ablation: What to do at home  
Abstract: This handout explains self-care after having radiofrequency ablation. This procedure cauterizes (burns) small areas of the heart to help correct heart arrhythmias.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 4/2014
Self-care after your lumbar puncture: What to do and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout gives basic self-care instructions to follow after having a lumbar puncture, also called a spinal tap.
Author: Neurology-Neurosurgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 1/2014
Self-catheterization for men: How to catheterize yourself using the clean technique  
Abstract: This handout explains how men can put in a catheter using the clean technique. Illustrations are included.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 2/2012
Self-catheterization for women: How to catheterize yourself using the clean technique  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instuctions for women to put in a catheter using the clean technique. Illustrations are included.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 1/2012
Septoplasty/rhinoplasty: How to prepare for and what to expect of your operation  
Abstract: This brochure explains the procedures septoplasty (to alter the nasal septum) and rhinoplasty (to improve the appearance or function of the nose). The brochure outlines how to prepare for surgery, what to expect, and care instructions for after surgery.
Author: Cosmetic Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 9/2002
Shingles (Herpes zoster): An illness that requires airborne contact precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes shingles or Herpes zoster and its symptoms. It also explains how this disease can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting it.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 2/2010
Shoulder joint replacement: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout for UW Medicine patients explains how to prepare and what to expect when having shoulder joint replacement surgery.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2016
Shoulder or elbow surgery: How to prepare, what to expand, and planning for recovery  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for shoulder or elbow surgery, what to expect, and planning for recovery, including care instructions and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 10/2006
Sick day plans  
Abstract: This handout gives general guidelines for people with diabetes to follow when they are sick. It includes advice on how to prevent diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), and a list of foods to try if they cannot eat their regular diet.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 7/2016
Sigmoidoscopy: After your test  
Abstract: This flyer gives basic instructions to follow after having a sigmoidoscopy, a test in which one or more biopsies are taken from the lower section of the large intestine or colon.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 1/2008
Sildenafil (Revatio): To treat pulmonary arterial hypertension  
Abstract: This handout explains sildenafil, a medicine used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Included are how to take the medicine, possible side effects, and specific warnings.
Author: Pulmonary Clinic/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2011
Sinus irrigation with gentamicin: For sinusitis  
Abstract: This handout for patients with sinusitis (sinus infection) gives step-by-step instructions for sinus irrigation (nasal rinse) using gentamicin solution.
Author: Cystic Fibrosis Clinic/Med. Spec. Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 3/2014
Sinus irrigation: Step-by-step instructions  
Abstract: This handout explains sinus irrigation. It includes step-by-step instructions and a recipe for making a homemade salt (saline) solution.
Author: Cystic Fibrosis Clinic/Med. Spec. Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 10/2010
Six hand exercises: "6-pack"  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions for 6 exercises to increase hand function and coordination. These exercises are provided by Occupational Therapy for patients to do at home.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 11/2011
Skin and hair prep before surgery: Using CHG soap  
Abstract: This handout explains how to clean your skin and hair with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) soap before surgery. This soap contains an antiseptic that helps prevent infection.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 5/2016
Skin graft CareMap: How to prepare and what to expect after your surgery  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, lists activities, care, and visits before and after surgery for soft tissue reconstruction at University of Washington Medical Center.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 9/2016
Skin prep before surgery: Using CHG soap  
Abstract: This handout explains how to use CHG soap to clean your body before surgery at Harborview Medical Center.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 2/2016
Skin prep before surgery: Using CHG wipes  
Abstract: This handout for patients at Harborview Medical Center explains how to clean your body with CHG wipes before surgery.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 2/2016
Smoking cessation resources: Washington State's tobacco prevention and control program  
Abstract: This handout explains how to reach the Washington State Tobacco Quitline and provides some basic information about their smoking cessation program, including finding out if your health insurance will cover the program fees. This handout is included in the packets "Preventing Another Preterm Birth" and "Coping with Grief," part of the Wait One Year Program.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 10/2012
Sniff test (chest fluoroscopy): How to prepare for your exam  
Abstract: This handout explains a sniff test, or chest fluoroscopy, that shows if the diaphragm is moving in the proper direction. It includes how the exam works, how to prepare, what to expect during the exam, and how to get the test results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 12/2015
SSEPs: somatosensory evoked potentials  
Abstract: This handout explains the somatosensory evoked potential (SSEP) test, which measures how fast and how well electrical impulses travel from the arms or legs to the brain and how the brain responds to these impulses.
Author: Neurodiagnostics
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 3/2016
Splenectomy: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This booklet explains splenectomy surgery, including how to prepare, what to expect, care instructions for recovery, and when to call the doctor or nurse. Laparoscopic and open surgery techniques are discussed.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 2/2010
Splinting traumatized teeth: Helping you understand your procedure and the consent form  
Abstract: This handout explains the procedure for splinting traumatized teeth. Included are risks, benefits, and alternatives.
Author: Dental Clinic (Hospital)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 11/2006
Stenting for carotid artery dissection: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains stenting for carotid artery dissection, an injury or tear in the wall of the large blood vessel in the neck. It includes how to prepare for the procedure, what to expect, and self-care at home.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 12/2016
Stereotactic body radiation therapy: What it is and how it works  
Abstract: This handout explains stereotactic body radiation therapy. It describes how this radiation treatment works, and what to expect before, during, and after treatment.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Stopping medicines before your cerebral angiogram  
Abstract: This handout lists medicines you can and cannot take in the days before your cerebral angiogram. Always talk with your primary care provider before you stop taking any prescribed medicines.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 6/2016
Stopping medicines before your myelogram: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout explains what medicines to stop taking before having a myelogram. A full list is included that the patient should review with their provider.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 5/2017
Stopping medicines before your neurosurgery: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout lists the medicines you can and cannot take in the days before your neurosurgery. Always talk with your primary care provider before you stop taking any prescribed medicines.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 7/2016
Streptococcus pneumoniae and penicillin-resistant Streptococcus peneumoniae (PRSP): Precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes Streptococcus pneumoniae and who is at risk for getting it. It also explains how this disease can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting it.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 4/2008
Stretching exercises for feet: instructions  
Abstract: This handout provides instructions for four stretching exercises for feet including the wall push, the toe jammer, self foot massage, and the towel pull.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 7/2002
Stroke discharge education: For patients who have had a stroke or are at risk  
Abstract: This handout is for patients who have had a stroke, a stroke-related condition, or are at risk for stroke. It can help answer some of the most common questions about stroke diagnosis, personal stroke risk factors, a treatment plan to prevent future strokes, and recommendations for follow-up visits for care and rehabilitation.
Author: 4NE (Neuro-Neurosurg, Otolaryngology, General Surg)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 11/2012
Sunscreens: How they work and how to use them  
Abstract: This handout explains the 2 types of sunscreens and how they work. It also tells how to use them so they are the most effective. SPF (sunburn protection factor) is explained.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Suprapubic catheter  
Abstract: This handout describes the 10 steps to follow to use a suprapubic catheter.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 2/2012
Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and ablation: Treating your abnormal heart rhythm  
Abstract: This handout describes a type of abnormal heart rhythm called supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). It explains how SVT is diagnosed and treated, and includes details of what occurs during catheter ablation to treat SVT.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 6/2014
Surgery safety checklist: Planning for your shoulder surgery  
Abstract: This handout gives steps to take when preparing for spine fusion and spine deformity surgery.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 3/2017
Surgical site marking: Safe, high-quality care from UWMC  
Abstract: This brochure explains how the surgery or procedure site will be marked for patients at University of Washington Medical Center. It also offers tips about preparing for surgery.
Author: Pre-Anesthesia Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 9/2004
Symlin (Pramlintide acetate)  
Abstract: This handout describes Symlin, a synthetic (man-made) hormone that works with insulin to control how quickly glucose enters the blood after meals. Side effects, drug interactions, and storage information are included.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 6/2013
Take control: Managing your health and healthcare for patients with lung disease  
Abstract: This handout outlines numerous tips for managing health and health care for patients with lung disease. Topics such as medications, oxygen, fighting infections, avoiding environmental hazards, exercise, stress, diet, and rest are covered.
Author: Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2004
Taking care of your teeth and gums  
Abstract: This handout for women who want to have children explains why taking good care of your teeth and gums may help prevent preterm birth. Sections include "Dental Checkups," "Medicines," "Brushing and Flossing Tips," "More Tips for Healthy Teeth and Gums," and "Resources for Dental Care." This document is a chapter in the birth book "Pregnancy and Giving Birth." It is also included in the packets "Preventing Another Preterm Birth" and "Coping with Grief," part of the Wait One Year Program.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2017
Taking care of yourself: Caregiver, spokesperson, advocate: Helping understand the ICU, section 6  
Abstract: This document is section 6 of the manual Helping You Understand the ICU. It explains why self-care is important for the caregiver, spokesperson, and advocate for someone in the ICU. Tips and ideas for self-care are included.
Author: Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/5E, 5SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 4/2009
Taking vitamins and minerals after bariatric surgery: Guidelines to follow  
Abstract: This handout gives general guidelines for adding specific vitamins and minerals to the diet to prevent nutritional deficiencies after bariatric surgery.
Author: Nutrition Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2012
Theraband exercises you can do in bed  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions for 6 Theraband exercises that can be done while in bed to strengthen the upper body.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 1/2012
Theraputty exercises: To increase your strength and coordination  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions for 8 exercises that use Theraputty, a resistive hand exercise material that is used in occupational therapy.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 1/2011
Thickened liquids: For safe swallowing  
Abstract: This handout explains why some patients must drink only thickened liquids. It includes instructions for thickening liquids, and a list of thin foods that a patient should not eat.
Author: Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 12/2014
Thiotepa (Thioplex)  
Abstract: This handout describes the medication Thiotepa, including how it is given/taken, common side effects, and possible drug-drug or drug-food interactions. Authored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, this information is made available to UWMC clinicians by agreement between SCCA and UWMC, as a service to the patients who visit both health care facilities.
Author: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Publisher/Date: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 2004
Revised Date: 1/2011
Throat care: After surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect after throat surgery. It discusses what kind of pain to expect, how to manage it, how to reduce pain with swallowing, and basic information about pain medicine.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 9/2004
Thyroid FNA: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout describes how a thyroid FNA works, how to prepare for the procedure, how it is done, what to expect during the procedure, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 8/2010
Thyroid uptake and scan: How to prepare  
Abstract: This handout tells how to prepare for a thyroid uptake and scan, a nuclear medicine exam that is used to study the structure and function of the thyroid. Included are how the exam works, how it is done, what to expect during the exam, and how to get the test results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 4/2013
Thyroplasty surgery: After your operation  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect after thyroplasty, a surgery to change the position or length of your vocal cords. This operation is done to relieve ongoing hoarseness or swallowing problems.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 6/2010
Tissue expanders for breast reconstruction: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout explains how tissue expanders are used in breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. It includes what to expect after the expanders are placed.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2017
TMVr with the MitraClip: Consults and tests: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout lists the consults and tests that are most often done when preparing for transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr) with the MitraClip.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 9/2015
TMVr with the MitraClip: What to expect: Before and after your procedure at UWMC  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect when scheduled for a transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr) with the MitraClip at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC).
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 9/2015
Topical numbing medicine: Reduce the pain  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for use of EMLA or EMLA cream, a topical numbing agent that is used before a procedure to help lessen pain.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 4/2017
Total elbow surgery: Understanding your treatment plan  
Abstract: This handout explains care after elbow surgery while in the hospital, and also details care issues during recovery at home. It covers follow-up exams, medication refills, and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 10/2006
Tracking your progress after surgery: Gynecology/oncology surgery enhanced recovery  
Abstract: This handout gives activity instructions and goals for the first three days after gynecology/oncology surgery. It includes spaces for patients to keep track of their laps around the unit.
Author: Gynecologic Oncology/6NE/7SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 4/2016
Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr) with the MitraClip: Treatment for mitral regurgitation  
Abstract: This handout explains why your doctor may advise you to have transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr) with the MitraClip to treat mitral regurgitation. It includes the benefits and risks of TMVr, and what to expect during TMVr at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC).
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 9/2015
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS): For pain control  
Abstract: This handout tells how to use transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to help relieve pain.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2016
Transesophageal echocardiogram  
Abstract: This booklet explains the transesophageal echocardiogram (echo) ultrasound exam of the heart. It covers how to get to the hospital, how to prepare, what happens during the exam, key instructions and gives answers to common questions.
Author: ECHO Laboratory/Cardiac Diagnostic Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 12/2011
Transplant Renal Biopsy  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to prepare for a transplant kidney biopsy, what to expect, related risks and getting test results. This document is also a chapter in "Your Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Guide," which is available from Materials Management #171915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 12/2016
Transthoracic echocardiogram  
Abstract: This handout explains transthoracic echocardiogram, an ultrasound exam of the heart. It covers how to prepare for the exam, what to expect, and how to get the results.
Author: ECHO Laboratory/Cardiac Diagnostic Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 1/2017
Traveler's diarrhea: What you should know  
Abstract: This handout gives tips for preventing and treating diarrhea while traveling.
Author: Family Medicine Center-RII
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Treadmill stress echocardiogram  
Abstract: This booklet explains the treadmill stress echocardiogram ultrasound exam of the heart. It covers how to get to the hospital, how to prepare, what happens during the exam, key instructions and gives answers to common questions.
Author: ECHO Laboratory/Cardiac Diagnostic Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 12/2011
Treating arteriovenous malformations: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in the brain and how it is treated. It includes how to prepare for AVM surgery, what to expect during the procedure, and self-care at home.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 3/2017
Treating blood clots  
Abstract: This handout explains blood clots, their symptoms, and how they are treated.
Author: Anticoagulation Clinic/Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 12/2015
Treating cavernous malformation: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains treatment for cavernous malformation, an abnormal cluster of blood vessels in the brain. It includes how to prepare, what happens on the day of surgery, and follow-up care.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 12/2016
Treating hyperthyroidism with radioactive iodine  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients who will receive radioactive iodine therapy after a thyroid uptake and scan for hyperthyroidism.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 3/2017
Treating lymphedema with lymphaticovenular anastomosis: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect and how to prepare for lymphaticovenular anastomosis. In this operation, the lymphatic vessels are connected to the veins. It is done to reduce a type of tissue swelling called lymphedema, caused when lymph fluid does not drain normally.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 4/2017
Treating lymphedema with vascularized lymph node transfer: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery after vascularized lymph node transfer surgery (VLNT). This surgery replaces lymph nodes when they have been removed from an area of the body.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2017
Treating warts at home: What you can do  
Abstract: This handout gives detailed instructions for many ways to treat warts at home, including salicylic acid and lactic acid (DuoFilm) and hyperthermia.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: , 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Treatment with apixaban: Eliquis  
Abstract: This handout explains the medicine apixaban, a drug that helps prevent blood clots. Sections include: Why am I taking apixaban? How does it work? How much should I take? What if I miss a dose? What are the side effects? Does apixaban affect other medicines? and more.
Author: Anticoagulation Clinic/Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 10/2013
Treatment with dabigatran: Pradaxa  
Abstract: This handout explains the medicine dabigatran, a drug that helps prevent blood clots. It includes how much to take, what to do if a dose is missed, what other drugs should not be taken at the same time, when to call the doctor, and possible side effects from taking this drug.
Author: Anticoagulation Clinic/Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 3/2013
Lovenox: Enoxaparin  
Abstract: This handout gives information about the medicine enoxaparin (brand name Lovenox). It explains what it is used for and includes a list of side effects, what to do if a dose is missed, how to dispose of "sharps" safely, and other precautions.
Author: Anticoagulation Clinic/Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 6/2015
Treatment with rivaroxaban: Xarelto  
Abstract: This handout explains the medicine rivaroxaban, a drug that helps prevent blood clots. It includes how much to take, what to do if a dose is missed, what other drugs should not be taken at the same time, when to call the doctor, and possible side effects from taking this drug.
Author: Anticoagulation Clinic/Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 3/2013
Triple nerve neurectomy: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This brochure explains what to expect and how to prepare for triple nerve neurectomy, a surgery to treat chronic pain after hernia repair.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 3/2010
Tuberculosis: A disease that requires airborne respirator precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes tuberculosis and its symptoms. It also explains how this disease can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting it.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 2/2010
Tunneled catheter care: With flush instructions for hemodialysis and plasma exchange catheters  
Abstract: This handout explains how to care for a tunneled catheter. It lists signs of infection to watch for, and tells when to call the doctor. Detailed catheter flush instructions are included.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 8/2010
Tunneled central venous catheter: Hickman, Leonard, or Groshong catheter  
Abstract: This handout explains what a central venous catheter is and what to expect when you have one. Detailed instructions are included for preparing for the procedure, and self-care at home afterward.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012
Tying your shoes with one hand  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions for how to tie shoes using only 1 hand.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 1/2011
Tympanoplasty: What to expect of and how to prepare  
Abstract: This brochure outlines how to prepare for and what to expect from tympanoplasty surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 7/2011
U-500 insulin: Basic information  
Abstract: This handout explains U-500 insulin, used by people who need high doses of insulin. Included are comparisons to U-100 insulin, how to store U-500 insulin, and cautions.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012
Ultrasound-guided kidney biopsy: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout is for patients who are scheduled for an ultrasound-guided kidney biopsy at Harborview Medical Center. It explains what the procedure is, how it works, how to prepare, what to expect during and after the procedure, how to get the results, and when to call for help.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: Harborview Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 11/2013
Ultrasound-guided core biopsy: Self-care after your procedure  
Abstract: This handout is for patients at University of Washington Medical Center who have had a procedure called ultrasound-guided core biopsy. It includes self-care instructions and activity guidelines, and provides phone numbers to call with questions or concerns.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 8/2015
Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration: Self-care after your procedure  
Abstract: This handout is for patients at who have had a procedure called ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration. It includes self-care instructions and activity guidelines, and provides phone numbers to call with questions or concerns.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 8/2015
Ultrasound-guided paracentesis: Self-care after your procedure  
Abstract: This handout is for patients who have had a procedure called ultrasound-guided paracentesis. It includes self-care instructions and activity guidelines, and provides phone numbers to call with questions or concerns.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 8/2015
Ultrasound-guided thoracentesis: Self-care after your procedure  
Abstract: This handout is for patients who have had a procedure called ultrasound-guided thoracentesis. It includes self-care instructions and activity guidelines, and provides phone numbers to call with questions or concerns.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 8/2015
Ultrasound-guided aspiration of fluid collection: Paracentesis and thoracentesis  
Abstract: This handout explains ultrasound-guided thoracentesis and paracentesis. These procedures use sound waves to guide a needle to remove fluid from the chest or abdomen.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 8/2015
Ultrasound-guided biopsy: About your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains ultrasound-guided biopsy. This procedure uses sound waves to guide a needle to remove a small sample of soft tissue, which is then examined in the lab.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 8/2015
Ultrasound-guided FNA: About your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains how an ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (FNA) works, how to prepare, how it is done, what to expect during the procedure, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 6/2013
Ultrasound-guided lavage: For calcific tendinitis  
Abstract: This handout explains what lavage is, why ultrasound is used, and what to expect before, during, and after this procedure at University of Washington Medical Center.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 9/2015
Natural cycle/intrauterine insemination: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout is for patients at University Reproductive Care in Seattle. It explains the steps involved in a fertility treatment called "unstimulated cycle/intrauterine insemination."
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2016
PEG tube placement: How to prepare  
Abstract: This handout tells how to prepare for an upper endoscopy and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement. The PEG tube allows nutrition, fluids, and/or medicines to be put directly into the patient's stomach.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 4/2016
Ureteral stents: For kidney transplant patients  
Abstract: This handout explains ureteral stents, which are often placed during kidney transplant surgery. It includes possible side effects and how the stent is removed.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 3/2017
Urodynamics testing  
Abstract: This handout describes urodynamics testing, which studies the bladder and urinary system to diagnose and help treat urinary problems. Included are what to expect, how to prepare for the test, and CPT codes to supply to insurance providers.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 10/2014
Using a theraband  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions for five exercises using a theraband: shoulder horizontal abduction and adduction, shoulder flexion, elbow flexion, elbow extension, and elbow extension in adduction. Photographs of a person doing the various stages of the exercises are included.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 2/2010
Using glucagon: For patients on insulin and their caregivers  
Abstract: This handout describes the use of glucagon, an emergency medicine used for hypoglycemia (when blood sugar drops too low). Text and illustrations cover step-by-step instructions, what to teach family and friends about using glycagon, and how to recognize and treat early symptoms of hypoglycemia.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 6/2013
Using mycophenolate mofetil to treat skin conditions: CellCept  
Abstract: This handout explains doses, monitoring, side effects, and drug interactions related to using mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) to treat skin conditions.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Using your cryo/cuff  
Abstract: This flyer details the steps to follow to fill and pressurize a cryo/cuff, a device that is used to help reduce swelling and inflammation after knee surgery.
Author: Special Procedure Unit/4S
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 1/2012
Using your insulin pump: During your hospital stay  
Abstract: This handout explains how a patient with diabetes might use their own insulin pump during a stay in the hospital, and lists guidelines to follow. It also describes the need to work closely with the health care team to make sure the insulin level is adjusted as needed, and reasons why the patient may need to receive insulin by injection or IV while they are in the hospital.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2014
Using your remote device: What to do  
Abstract: This handout explains how to use a remote device provided for patients at the UW Device Clinic. University of Washington Medical Center. It includes follow-up information and contact numbers to call with questions.
Author: Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab/Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2015
Vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE): An organism requiring contact precautions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes VRE and who is at risk for getting it. It also explains how this disease can be spread and offers steps to prevent others from getting it.
Author: Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 11/2013
Varicose vein surgery: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This brochure explains what to expect from and how to prepare for varicose vein surgery. Instructions for care after surgery and when to call the doctor or nurse are given.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 12/2009
Venous ablation: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect when having a venous ablation procedure. Included are specific instructions to follow before and afterward.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2011
Ventral hernia repair and abdominal muscle component release: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains ventral hernia repair and abdominal muscle component release, a surgery in which the abdominal muscles are moved to fill in the area left by the hernia. The surgeon may also use a synthetic or organic mesh fabric to strengthen the area. The handout includes are how to prepare for the operation and what to expect after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 5/2013
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty: Back stabilization without surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, non-surgical treatments to strengthen a broken backbone. Included are how the treatment works, how it is done, how to prepare for it, and what to expect during the treatment.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 5/2009
Very low calorie diet using prepared foods  
Abstract: This handout explains a Very Low Calorie Diet (1,000 calories a day) for patients who want to use prepared foods. This diet is prescribed before surgery to help decrease the size of the patient's liver. Included are a meal plan and a list of daily servings allowed.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 5/2015
Very low calorie diet: Preparing your own meals  
Abstract: This handout explains a Very Low Calorie Diet (1,000 calories a day) for patients who want to cook their own meals. This diet is prescribed before surgery to help decrease the size of the patient's liver. Included are a meal plan and a list of daily servings allowed.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 5/2015
Vesicant chemotherapy  
Abstract: This handout describes the chemotherapy medicine vesicant, including the risk of extravasation (injury to skin and muscle) if the medicine leaks out of the vein. It lists ways to prevent this injury, and warning signs that require a call to the nurse. Authored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, this information is made available to UWMC clinicians by agreement between SCCA and UWMC, as a service to the patients who visit both health care facilities.
Author: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Publisher/Date: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 2013
Revised Date: 10/2013
Vismodegib  
Abstract: This handout describes the medication Vismodegib, including why it is prescribed, how it should be used, special precautions to follow, and common side effects. This handout was authored by MedLinePlus and is made available to UWMC clinicians by agreement between SCCA and UWMC, as a service to the patients who visit both health care facilities.
Author: MedLinePlus
Publisher/Date: MedLinePlus, 2012
Revised Date: 3/2012
Vocal cord medialization: What to expect after your surgery  
Abstract: This handout outlines what to expect after vocal cord medialization surgery. Included is information about the incision and drain, post-surgery medications, diet and activity, and the follow-up visit.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 3/2007
Warning signs during pregnancy  
Abstract: This handout for pregnant women gives signs and symptoms to watch for that require a call to your perinatal health care provider.
Author: Perinatal Education
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Warning signs during pregnancy: When to call  
Abstract: This handout lists warning signs during pregnancy that require medical attention right away. This document is a chapter in the birth book "Pregnancy and Giving Birth."
Author: Maternity and Infant Center (MIC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 4/2017
Mother's warning signs after giving birth  
Abstract: This handout lists warning signs after a woman gives birth that require a call to the clinic, health care provider, lactation services, or 9-1-1 emergency services. This document is a chapter in the birth book "Caring for Yourself and Your New Baby." It contains the same content as a handout entitled "Mother's Warning Signs After Giving Birth."
Author: Perinatal Education
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 9/2016
Warning signs of low blood sugar: During pregnancy  
Abstract: This handout for pregnancy women lists signs to watch for that may mean your blood sugar is too low. Low blood sugar (glucose) is called hypoglycemia.
Author: Perinatal Education
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Wearing a 24-hour blood pressure monitor  
Abstract: This handout explains what to do on the day of your visit to obtain a 24-hour blood pressure cuff. It also provides instructions for using the cuff and tips that may help during the 24-hour period that you wear the cuff.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 5/2015
Wearing and taking care of your splint  
Abstract: This handout explains how to wear and take care of a splint, as recommended by your doctor or occupational therapist.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012
Wearing compression stockings  
Abstract: This handout explains the need for compression stockings, specifically for patients who are at risk for developing deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). Included are instructions on where to buy the stockings, how to put them on, how long to wear them, and helpful hints about their use and care.
Author: Anticoagulation Clinic/Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 1/2010
Bariatric medicines: Preparing your medicines before your surgery  
Abstract: This handout is for patients who are planning to have bariatric surgery. It explains which medicines need to be changed to a liquid or chewable form so they can continue to be taken after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 12/2014
Weight loss surgery: RYGB, LAGB, and LSG  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery explains the types of weight loss surgery that are done at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle: divided proximal roux-y gastric bypass (RYGB), laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG). It includes the benefits and risks of each type of surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Welcome to the Headache Center  
Abstract: This handout gives guidelines for how to best use the Headache Center resources during and between clinic visits. Included are information to have handy when calling, how to get medicine refills and handle medicine changes, what to do for pain flares, how to fill out disability forms, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Headache Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 10/2010
Welcome to the Wait One Year program: Helping prevent another preterm birth  
Abstract: This document is a welcome letter to women taking part in the Wait One Year program at UWMC. This program is for women who have had a preterm birth.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 10/2012
Wet-to-dry dressing  
Abstract: This handout explains how to use wet-to-dry dressing, which keeps an incision clean and pulls out dead skin as the dressing dries. It includes detailed steps for changing the dressing, and lists symptoms that require a call to the doctor.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 4/2017
What to expect after a first trimester surgical abortion (or D & C)  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect and self-care after having a surgical abortion, sometimes called a D & C (dilation and curettage) or termination of pregnancy.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 2/2012
What you need to know: Penile plication surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect after penile plication, which is surgery to straighten a curved penis. Included are common symptoms after surgery, medicine information, activity restrictions, and when to call the clinic.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
When to call the Anticoagulation Clinic: For patients taking warfarin (Coumadin)  
Abstract: This handout alerts patients, especially those taking warfarin (Coumadin), about when to call the Anticoagulation Clinic. Included in the list are missed doses, changes in medications or vitamin K intake, bleeding or bruising, fever or illness, and planned surgery or pregnancy.
Author: Anticoagulation Clinic/Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 1/2010
When to call the cardiac transplant team (Heart Transplant Manual)  
Abstract: This chapter of the Heart Transplant Manual explains symptoms to watch for and when to call the cardiac transplant team or 9-1-1.
Author: Cardiac Transplant Service
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 10/2012
When to call your perinatal health care provider  
Abstract: This handout gives signs and symptoms during pregnancy that require a call to your perinatal health care provider. These include fever, pain, high pulse, and other symptoms.
Author: Perinatal Education
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
When to call: For patients taking warfarin (Coumadin)  
Abstract: This handout is section 10 of the "Congenital Heart Conditions" notebook. It tells patients who are taking warfarin (Coumadin), a blood-thinning medicine, when to call the Anticoagulation Clinic.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 8/2012
When you go home: Your discharge instructions  
Abstract: This post-procedure discharge form can be filled out with information about procedure, site or wound care, pain management, and symptoms to report. Also provides blank spaces to fill in and contact information for UWMC and date and time of follow-up visit.
Author: Special Procedure Unit/4S
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 11/2011
When you leave the hospital: Information for Plastic Surgery patients  
Abstract: This handout explains pain control methods and supplies for UW Medicine patients. It includes sections on opioid medicines, tapering, refills, and safety.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 1/2017
When your child receives anesthesia for radiation treatment  
Abstract: This handout provides information about anesthesia or sedation used for pediatric radiation oncology patients. The pre-anesthesia visit, side effects, fasting, transport, the role of the parents, post-treatment activity and nutritional needs are covered, as well as when to call the doctor or 9-1-1.
Author: Cancer Center/Department of Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 12/2011
Whipple: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This booklet describes what to expect and how to prepare for a whipple operation, also called a pancreaticoduodenectomy. In this surgery, the head of the pancreas is removed, along with part of the small bowel, part of the bile duct system, and part of the stomach.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 3/2010
White cotton gloves: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout gives information about wearing white cotton gloves to protect the skin of the hands from irritants. Wearing these gloves may be advised for patients with dry skin, eczema, or allergic contact dermatitis. Included are resources for buying white cotton gloves.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Wide local excision of malignant melanoma: what to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout gives pre-procedure and post-procedure information for surgical removal (wide local excision) of skin melanoma or other lesions. It explains the excision process, what to do 2 weeks and 24 hours before the operation, and instructions to follow after surgery on precautions, self-care tips, wound care, showering, drains, pain management, pathology results, and returning to work.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 4/2017
Worry box exercise: For people with diabetes  
Abstract: This handout provides a form for patients to help them identify what causes their stress and gain insights into which of these stresses can be controlled.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 6/2013
Xofigo therapy: For metastatic prostate cancer  
Abstract: This handout explains how the drug Xofigo is used to treat metastatic prostate cancer. It gives instructions to follow before beginning treatment, on treatment day, and after treatment. It includes a list of side effects, important things to tell your doctor before beginning Xofigo therapy, interactions with other drugs, and precautions.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 12/2013
Your anorectal manometry study: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains an anorectal manometry study. It includes how to prepare for the study, what to expect, and how to get your results. The study is done to find the causes of constipation or stool leakage (fecal incontinence).
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 11/2016
Your appointment at the Digestive Disease Center: For colorectal screening  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients who have an appointment at the Digestive Disease Center at University of Washington Medical Center. It also explains what to expect during and after the procedure. The handout includes areas for the clinician to write in the appointment day and time, to indicate what procedure is being done, and to write in any special instructions.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 9/2013
Your appointments for Essure placement: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout gives information about the pre-op, placement, and follow-up appointments for an Essure placement for permanent birth control. Spaces are provided to enter the day, date, and time for each appointment.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Your Bravo pH capsule study: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect when having a 24-hour or 48-hour Bravo pH capsule study. This study is done to diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 4/2016
Your discharge checklist: For new mothers  
Abstract: This handout is a checklist to help new mothers keep track of where they are in the discharge process, and to know what needs to be done before they can go home. "Discharge" is a term for leaving the hospital.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 5/2013
Your discharge plan: Answers to common questions   Japanese
Abstract: This handout explains the discharge planning process at University of Washington Medical Center and the patient's role in the process.
Author: Social Work and Care Coordination
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 5/2013
Your EGD  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for an EGD test, also called an esophagogastroduodenoscopy or upper endoscopy. It also explains what to expect and when the patient will receive test results.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 5/2012
Your Essure placement: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect when having an Essure device implanted as a permanent form of birth control.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Your EUS: How to prepare for your endoscopic ultrasound  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow before an endoscopic ultrasound.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 1/2013
Your facelift: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains the cosmetic facelift procedure at UWMC. It includes pre-procedure aspirin restrictions, activities the day before surgery, tips to speed recovery, follow-up appointment, sleep positioning, incision care, showering, activity, and pain management. It also lists signs of complications and phone numbers to call.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 5/2013
Your follow-up appointments after your atrial fibrillation ablation  
Abstract: This handout provides a format for clinicians to fill in specific dates and times for follow-up appointments after an atrial fibrillation ablation.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 3/2013
Your follow-up appointments after your implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) generator change  
Abstract: This handout provides a format for clinicians to fill in specific dates and times for follow-up appointments after having an ICD generator change.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 1/2016
Your follow-up appointments after your pacemaker generator change  
Abstract: This handout provides a format for clinicians to fill in specific dates and times for follow-up appointments after having a pacemaker generator change.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 1/2016
Your follow-up appointments for your implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD)  
Abstract: This 1-page handout provides information for people who had their implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) placed at the Regional Heart Center at UWMC. It includes important phone numbers, and blank spaces to fill in dates and times of follow-up appointments.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 1/2016
Your follow-up appointments for your internal loop recorder (ILR)  
Abstract: This 1-page handout provides information for people who had their internal loop recorder (ILR) placed at the Regional Heart Center at UWMC. It includes important phone numbers, and blank spaces to fill in the date and time of the follow-up appointment.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 10/2012
Your follow-up appointments for your pacemaker  
Abstract: This 1-page handout provides information for people who had their pacemaker placed at the Regional Heart Center at UWMC. It includes important phone numbers, and blank spaces to fill in dates and times of follow-up appointments.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 1/2016
Your follow-up appointments for your subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD)  
Abstract: This 1-page handout provides information for people who had their subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) placed at the Regional Heart Center at UWMC. It includes important phone numbers, and blank spaces to fill in dates and times of follow-up appointments.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 1/2016
Your Gamma Knife Extend treatment: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect when having Gamma Knife Extend treatment at the Gamma Knife Center at Harborview Medical Center.
Author: Alvord Brain Tumor Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 8/2016
Your glucose tolerance test: After your baby is born  
Abstract: This handout is for women who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy. It explains a glucose tolerance test, which is done to see if you have type 2 diabetes.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 12/2014
Your health care team: For patients having weight loss surgery  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery contains information about the health care providers who will be caring for you before, during, and after your surgery at UWMC.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Your Heimlich valve: Caring for your chest tube at home  
Abstract: This handout describes how to care for a Heimlich valve at home and how to check that the valve is working correctly. Also includes instructions on how to check the incision for signs of infection, when to change the dressing, and other follow-up care.
Author: 5NE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 1/2009
Your hospital stay after fibular free flap surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect during your hospital stay after fibular free flap surgery. It includes where you will stay and who will provide your care.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Your hospital stay after iliac crest free flap surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect during your hospital stay after iliac crest free flap surgery. It includes where you will stay and who will provide your care.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Your hospital stay after latissimus free flap surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect during your hospital stay after latissimus free flap surgery. It includes where you will stay and who will provide your care.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Your hospital stay after radial forearm free flap surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect during your hospital stay after radial forearm free flap surgery. It includes where you will stay and who will provide your care.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Your hospital stay after rectus abdominis free flap surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect during your hospital stay after rectus abdominis free flap surgery. It includes where you will stay and who will provide your care.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Your hospital stay after your TAVR: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect during the hospital stay after having a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) at University of Washington Medical Center. TAVR is used to treat aortic stenosis. The handout includes what happens right after surgery, what to expect while in the intensive care unit and during the first 48 hours, activity precautions, and getting ready to go home.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 1/2014
Your hospital stay for TMVr with the MitraClip: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout describes what to expect during your hospital stay for transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr) with the MitraClip at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC).
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 9/2015
Your hospital stay: For weight loss surgery patients  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery describes what to expect during your stay in the hospital. It includes separate instructions for gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic gastric band patients.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Your hysteroscopy: How to prepare and what to expect during your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains a hysteroscopy, which is a way to look inside the uterus to diagnose certain conditions and to do certain procedures. A hysteroscopy uses a thin medical device called a hysteroscope that is like a small telescope. This device is inserted through the vagina and cervix.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Your ileoscopy: How to prepare  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow when preparing for an ileoscopy, an exam of the lining of the small intestine.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Your intrathecal catheter and pump: Care instructions after surgery  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after surgery that includes placement of an intrathecal catheter and pump. An intrathecal pump is a medical device used to deliver very small quantities of medications directly to the spinal fluid.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 4/2010
Your neurostimulator implant: Care instructions after surgery  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after surgery to implant a neurostimulator. Included are when to call the Center for Pain Relief, activity restrictions, dressing care, medicine instructions, and a place to enter date and time for the follow-up visit.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 2/2011
Your peritoneal catheter: Placement and care after surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains how to take care of a peritoneal catheter. It also covers follow-up care and when to call your doctor.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 10/2015
Your preventive health care visits: Facts and tips for your visit  
Abstract: This brochure explains what is covered during a preventive women's health care visit. Insurance coverage and Medicare issues are discussed.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 3/2005
Your protein needs  
Abstract: This handout gives the protein content of various foods and supplements.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 1/2011
Your radiation treatment: Information for patients and families  
Abstract: This handout gives details about UWMC's Cancer Center, members of the radiation care team, and what to expect during a consult, nurse visit, treatment planning visit, and radiation treatments. Includes contact information for questions and concerns, and symptoms that require a call to the radiation nurse.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2015
Your subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD): What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout explains wound care, activity restrictions, when to call for help, and special long-term precautions for people who have received a subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD).
Author: Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab/Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2012
Your surgery: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients to follow before surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It includes information about stopping certain medicines, showering and shaving before surgery, arrival time, and what to wear and bring to the hospital. After-surgery instructions include precautions and self-care to speed recovery, incision care, managing pain and constipation, and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 4/2013
Your transplant journey  
Abstract: This "transplant roadmap" is a colorful one-page poster showing the different stages of the transplant process. The map starts in the "Pre-Transplant Phase," takes the patient through the "Transplant Phase" and finishes in the "'New Normal' Phase."
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 6/2016
Your tunneled catheter: About hemodialysis and plasma exchange catheters  
Abstract: This handout explains step-by-step how to care for a tunneled catheter, which is placed under the skin. It also lists signs of infection to watch for, and details when to call the doctor.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 8/2010
Your visit to the Neurology Clinic  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to prepare for your visit to the Neurology Clinic at UWMC. It lists records to bring, forms to complete, and offers information about traffic, parking, and registration.
Author: Neurology Clinic/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 4/2006
Your vitamin and mineral needs before and after bariatric surgery: Basic guidelines  
Abstract: This handout is for patients who are preparing for bariatric surgery. It gives basic guidelines for taking and choosing vitamin and mineral supplements. It includes lists of brand names and prices for different supplements (accurate as of November 2013).
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 11/2013
Yttrium-90 radiotherapy: Treatment for liver tumors  
Abstract: This handout explains what Yttrium-90 (Y-90) radiotherapy is and what to expect when you have it done. This treatment for liver tumors uses tiny radioactive beads that are injected directly into the arteries that supply blood to the tumor. The handout includes detailed instructions to follow before and after the procedure.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012

 
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