Children and Special Needs

Care For Children

We give children the extra care they need in an unfamiliar setting.

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.

Children may have clear liquids up to two (2) hours prior to arrival.  This includes water, apple juice, soft drinks, and Kool-Aid.  NO milk or orange juice should be given.

Children must not eat anything for six (6) hours before their arrival.  Please do not allow them to chew gum, suck on candy or swallow toothpaste prior to surgery.

We require at least one parent to remain at the Center during the child’s surgery and recovery period.  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.

Please bring your child’s favorite blanket, bottle, or sippy cup, stuffed animal or toy for added security.

You will be able to be with your child as soon as he/she is awake and medically safe for transfer after recovery.

Care For Special Needs and Adults

We understand that loved ones who depend upon the assistance of others to carry out the activities of 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 on or before the day of surgery.

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 another 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.