Diet: Eating or drinking prior to surgery may result in the cancellation of your child's surgery. Please follow your surgeon's instructions for eating and drinking.
Medications: If your child takes medications regularly, the surgeon or anesthesiologist may want them to have their usual dose. We ask that you bring all medications with you to the hospital in their original containers.
Valuables: Please leave valuables at home including jewelry and money. A family member or visitor will be asked to take care of any valuables that your child has including glasses or electronic devices.
Comfort: If your child has a blanket, doll, stuffed animal, etc. they would like to bring to the hospital, please do so. This item can accompany them to surgery.
Cosmetics: Make sure your child is not wearing make-up or fingernail polish on arrival to the POCU. Artificial nails are acceptable.
Clothing: Have your child in comfortable loose fitting clothes. If surgery is early morning, it may be easier to leave them in their pajamas. On arrival to pre-op your child will need to be changed into hospital attire. We will give you a garment bag to place belongings in during surgery.
Visitors: Three visitors will be permitted to stay with your child in the Pre-Op Care Unit until the time of surgery. The surgeon will talk with you in the surgery waiting room after your child's surgery is completed.
Transportation: If your child is going home the day of surgery, please make sure transportation is available for your return home. Have a pillow available in the car for comfort during the ride home. This is especially helpful for elevating an extremity after an orthopedic surgery. Your child may experience motion sickness on the ride home. Have a container and some tissues available should this occur.
Illness: If your child develops cold or flu symptoms (sore throat, diarrhea, fever or productive cough) prior to surgery, call your doctor! Your doctor will determine if you should proceed with the surgery.