Special Care For Children | Special Care For Special Needs Adults
Special Care For Children
We give children the extra care they need in an unfamiliar setting. We encourage parents to discuss the surgery with the child before hand to help alleviate any unnecessary stress. Parents are able to stay with their child until surgery and may rejoin the child as soon as it is appropriate. We recommend that one adult drives home while another cares for the child.
Please refer to the Before My Surgery and Day of Surgery for further tips, as well as the guidelines on this page for children. Following these instructions may prevent delays or cancellation of the surgery.
Food & Drink
Children must not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before surgery. Do not allow them to chew gum, suck on candy or swallow toothpaste before surgery. Please bring an empty bottle or “sippy” cup if your child cannot drink from a cup.
We require at least one parent to remain in the center during the surgery and recovery. Please do not bring other young children along. If your child’s surgery is scheduled near noon, you may want to bring a lunch for yourself while you are waiting. Family may also want to bring a light weight sweater or jacket for comfort.
Please bring your child’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy for added security. Children may wear their pajamas if it makes them feel more at home.
After Surgery You will be able to be with your child as soon as he/she is awake and medically safe for transfer after recovery.
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Special Care For Special Needs Adults
We understand that loved ones who depend upon others for daily living require special attention. Besides the guidelines in the Before My Surgery and Day of Surgery, the following tips, will help make care for these adults easier:
The legal guardian needs to sign the consent for surgery and anesthesia at least 24 hours prior to date of service.
Please bring the patient’s recent health history and medication information. Be certain to follow the food and drink rules in the Before My Surgery section.
As with other patients, special needs patients require a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult to remain at the center from admission through recovery. A personal attendant will be required to stay with the patient for 24 hours after discharge.
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