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Children and Special Needs Adults

Special Care For Children  | Special Care For Special Needs Adults  

Special Care For Children
We give children the extra care they need in an unfamiliar setting.  We encourage parents to discuss the surgery with the child beforehand to help alleviate stress.  Please feel free to call us to arrange a tour of the facility prior to surgery.

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.

Proof of legal guardianship is required if a parent is not present to sign the consent to surgery form.   
Children may have clear liquids up to four hours before ther arrival.  This includes water, apple juice, soft drinks, Gatorade and Kool-Aid.  NO milk, breast milk, or orange juice.

Children must not eat anything for six hours before their arrival.  Please do not allow them to chew gum, 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.  If your child’s surgery is scheduled near noon, you may want to bring a lunch for yourself while you are waiting.

Personal Comforts
Your child will be given a small stuffed animal before surgery.  Please feel free to bring your child’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy for added security, but these will remain with the family while the child is in surgery and during the immediate recovery period.

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.  Upon release, we recommend that one adult drive home while the other cares for the child.

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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:

The legal guardian needs to sign the consent for surgery and anesthesia on or before the day of surgery.   Proof of legal guardianship is required. 

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.  A personal attendant will be required to stay with the patient for 24 hours after discharge. 


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