What to Bring:
- Guardianship papers
- Medications list
- Favorite toy or comfort item
- Special bottle or cup
Check in and Registration
- Upon your arrival at the Children’s Hospital entrance at 1 Park St., please enter the lobby and a hospital representative will direct you to the admitting desk on the first floor.
- An admitting receptionist will check your child in, verify your child’s name and birthdate, and issue your child an ID bracelet.
- You will be directed to the Children’s Surgery Center on the third floor. Inside the marked glass doors, a receptionist will check-in your child and seat you in the pre-operative waiting area and call your name when it’s time to go into one of our pre-operative rooms.
Pre-operative Rooms at the Children’s Surgery Center
When your child arrives in the pre-op unit, it will be a busy time meeting the team members who will help you and your child have a safe and comfortable experience. Your child will change into hospital pajamas, have vital signs taken and a nurse will review medical history. A member of the pre-op team may order pre-op medicine for your child during this time.
Your pre-op team will include:
- Pre-op nurse
- Operating room nurse
- Anesthesiologist/nurse anesthetist
- Child life specialist
When the operating room is ready, your child will go to the operating room with the anesthesia team and a child life specialist. The anesthesia team will give your child special medicine through a clear mask or IV so they sleep during the procedure. While under anesthesia, the team will closely monitor your child.
Waiting Room for Parents
While your child is in surgery, you will wait in our waiting area. A television monitor will show when the procedure is complete. We invite you to bring something to read to pass the time and the cafeteria is open for snacks and meals. If you have any questions or concerns in the waiting area, please see the attendant at the reception desk.
When your child’s procedure is over, the surgeon will meet with you to discuss the details of the surgery and to review how to care for your child once you leave the hospital.
Our team will bring your child to the post-anesthesia care unit, which is also known as the recovery room. The television monitor tracking screen in the waiting room will show when your child moves to the recovery area. Our recovery room staff will invite you to be with your child as soon as possible.
Once in recovery, it takes about 30-60 minutes for your child to wake up. This varies by child and type of surgery.
Your child will be closely monitored by a recovery room nurse. There may be tubes or machines that beep and monitor your child and medicine is available to help keep your child comfortable.