- Talk to your child about the upcoming procedure. Let your child know that you will be there for them during their pre-operative and recovering room phase.
- An anesthesiologist will assess your child and order appropriate sedation medication to be given to them in the pre-operative area. This allays their anxiety and hopefully will produce an amnesia effect on the child so that they will not remember leaving the parent when they are being transported to the procedure room.
- Allow your child to bring their favorite blanket, doll, stuffed animal, or toy. Also bring an empty bottle or sippy cup that will be used in the recovery room phase.
- Consent of a minor (anyone under the age of 18) for a procedure and for anesthesia must be given by the parent or legal guardian of the child. If the parent is not accompanying the child, consent must be obtained prior to admission. If another individual has been appointed as a legal guardian, official documentation must be brought to the facility to verify the official legal guardian of the child.
- Your child may dress in comfortable clothing. This prevents you from having to change their clothing once they are home. A facility gown and socks are provided for surgery.
- It is recommended, if possible, one adult be the driver of the vehicle and another adult be available to attend to the child during transport to home.
- Throughout your stay it is important to remember that the parent’s attitude can strongly influence the child’s reaction and behavior. Children take their cues from their parents, so an anxious parent may result in an anxious child.
- Anesthesia effects everyone differently, including children. They often wake up very fussy, confused and/or inconsolable. This can be upsetting to parents. It is important to realize this is temporary and their behavior will improve as the anesthesia wears off.
The patient initially goes to a Recovery Room bay area after having general anesthesia. The families are not allowed in this area. Close observation and care by the nurses is provided prior to transferring the patient to a private recovery room.