This is a big day for you and your child. Please arrive early enough to allow yourself time to park and get settled.
Parking and Transportation
- Your child will put on a hospital gown.
- We will check your child’s weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse and breathing.
- The site of your child’s operation will be marked with a pen.
Food and beverages are not permitted out of respect for the patients who cannot eat or drink before their procedure. We also ask that you refrain from using perfume, which may be a problem for some sensitive patients and family members.
You may be asked the same questions by different members of your child’s care team. It is for your child’s safety that some questions may be asked multiple times.
Before your child’s procedure, you will meet with an anesthesia care provider. Together you will discuss the two methods for your child to go off to sleep. One option is to place a needle with tubing attached (IV) into a vein in your child’s hand, arm, or foot; the anesthetic medication will be administered through the tubing. The other option is to have your child breathe anesthetic gases using a mask placed over their nose and mouth, and have the IV placed after your child is asleep.
While the decision of which method to use is generally left up to the patient and parents, sometimes the anesthesia provider will insist on one method or the other for the safety of your child. Most children will require a special breathing tube in their mouth while asleep. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the anesthesia.
There are many things that can be done to help your child feel relaxed when going off to sleep:
- A pre–medication may help make your child a little sleepy and less anxious about leaving you.
- Comfort items like stuffed animals or music may help.
- It may be helpful for a parent to accompany their child into the operating room.
The anesthesiologist will use their best judgment as to whether or not it is appropriate for a parent to be present in the operating room for the beginning of the anesthetic.
During the Procedure
While your child is undergoing his procedure, it is required that at least one family member remain in the Family Waiting Area located on Level 2. Here you will have access to the food court, an outdoor meditation space, the Spiritual Center, the Family Center, and the gift shop.
For more information or to ask any questions, please do not hesitate to call 734-232-5872.