Children and Special Needs Adults

Special Care For Children
We give children the extra care they need in an unfamiliar setting. Following these instructions may prevent delays or cancellation of the surgery.

Children
Clear liquids may be ingested up to two (2) hours prior to the arrival for the procedure. Clear liquids include: water, juice (no pulp), carbonated beverages, sports drinks and clear tea.  No broth is allowed.

Infants
Breast milk may be given up to four (4) hours prior to arrival time. Infant formula may be given up to six (6) hours prior to arrival time.

Food
Children must not eat 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. If your child’s surgery is scheduled near noon, you may want to bring a lunch for yourself while you are waiting.

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.


Special Care For Special Needs Adults
We understand that loved ones who depend upon others for daily living require special attention. 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.

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.