Your Health Care Team
There are many different people that will be taking care of you following your vascular surgery.
Each member of your health care team plays an important role in your surgical recovery and
experience. Each team member’s focus is on you—the patient. A description of each role on
your team is listed below the diagram.
Surgeon: This is the surgeon that is doing your surgery. Your surgeon helps coordinate the rest
of the health care team around your individual needs.
Fellows and Residents: Fellows and Residents are doctors that are assigned to vascular surgery
as part of their training. Fellows are surgeons that have finished their general surgery rotations
and are getting specialized training in vascular surgery. Residents are doctors that are currently
in a surgical rotation.
Nurse Practitioners (NP)/Physician Assistants (PA): These are health care providers that
work closely with your surgeon. The NP/PA is involved in every aspect of your care from pre-
surgery work-up to your final post-surgery follow-up appointment.
Nurses and Nursing Assistants: Your nurses provide 24 hour bedside care. Your nurses have
advanced education and training to monitor you and how you respond to treatment. Nursing
assistants work with your nurse to provide bedside care for you following your surgery.
Pharmacy: A pharmacist is a health care provider with special training in medications and their
interactions. There is a pharmacist on the vascular surgery unit daily that assists the team in
making sure your medications are correct, safe, and effective.
Case Manager or Social Work: Every patient is assigned a case manager or social worker.
This person helps to assess and arrange any special needs you may have for discharge home.
This might include lab draws, home health, or rehab placement.
Housekeeping and Maintenance: Housekeeping works to make sure your room and the
hospital are clean. Maintenance works to make sure everything at the hospital is in working
Technicians (Lab, x-ray, EKG): Technicians help to make sure your health care providers are
getting the necessary information about you to make decisions regarding your care. Lab
technicians, or phlebotomists, draw your blood. X-ray technicians take x-rays of your chest and
other body parts. EKG technicians attach the EKG patches to take a tracing of your heart
Consult Services: Consult services may include but not be limited to physical therapy,
occupational therapy, speech therapy, respiratory therapy, registered dietician, or diabetes
management. Every patient has individual needs following their surgery.
Support Staff: This includes administrative staff such as the surgeon’s secretary, the unit
secretary, and the leadership team. Your surgeon’s secretary will help you schedule tests and
appointments as well as answer your questions and fill out FMLA or disability paperwork. The
unit secretary helps with the daily needs of the unit such as answering the phones and scheduling
tests. The leadership team includes the nurse manager and clinical nurse specialist. They help to
make everything run smoothly and ensure that you receive the best possible care after your
surgery. The leadership team is also an outlet for you if you have concerns or questions.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 4/2016. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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