Children and Special Needs Adults

Special Care For Children
We give children the extra care they need in an unfamiliar setting.  Your child will never be left alone – from admitting to recovery, our qualified staff will attend to your child’s needs.

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.

Call us once surgery is scheduled to arrange a personal tour for your & your child if you desire.  Please tell your child what to expect.  We have discovered that a child who is prepared has a much better experience.

Food and Drink
Children must not eat or drink anything for eight hours before their arrival. Please do not allow them to suck on candy or swallow toothpaste before surgery.

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.

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.  If your child drinks from a bottle or sippy cup, please bring it with you for use after surgery.


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:

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 patients require a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult to remain at the center from admission through recovery.