Children and Special Needs Adults

Special Care For Children
We give children the extra care they need in an unfamiliar setting.

Please refer to the Before My Surgery and During Your Stay for further tips, as well as the guidelines on this page for children.  Following these instructions may prevent delays or cancellation of the surgery.

Drink
Health Children may have the following drinks at the time frames below (if your child has diabetes please add two hours to the time frames below):

Clear liquids (examples: water, apple juice, soft drinks, Kool-Aid, and popsicles) – may be consumed up to 2 hours prior to surgery
Breast Milk – may be consumed up to 4 hours prior to surgery
Infant Formula and non-human milk – may be consumed up to 6 hours prior to surgery

Food
Children may have the following foods at the time frames below for health children (if your child has diabetes please add two hours to the time frames below):

  • Light meal (examples: toast, apple sauce, banana, or rice cereal) – may be consumed up to 6 hours prior to surgery.
  • No greasy foods or animal protein within 8 hours of surgery.
  • Please do not allow your child to suck on candy or swallow toothpaste within 2 hours of their surgery.

Personal Comforts
Please bring your child’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy for added security.

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.

Parental Care
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.

 


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 During Your Stay, the following tips, will help make care for these adults easier:

Consent
The legal guardian needs to sign the consent for surgery and anesthesia on or before the day of surgery.

For Admission
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.

Personal Attendant
As with other patients, special needs adult 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.