Children and Special Needs Adults

Special Care For Children
We give children the extra care they need in an unfamiliar setting.

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.

Drink
Children may have less than 1 cup (8 oz) of clear liquids up to (3) three hours before their arrival. This includes water, apple juice, soft drinks and Kool-Aid. NO milk or orange juice.

Food
Children must not eat anything for eight hours before their arrival. No candy, chewing gum or swallowing of toothpaste.

Parental Care
At least one parent is required to remain in the center during the surgery and recovery. Please do not bring other young children along. If the child’s surgery is scheduled near noon, parents or guardians may want to bring a lunch or snack.

Personal Comforts
Please bring the child’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy for added security.

After Surgery
Parents or Guardians will be able to join the child as soon as they are awake and medically stable.


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.

Responsible Party 
Special needs patients require a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult to remain at the center from admission through recovery.  It is also necessary that a responsible party is available to stay with the patient for 24 hours after discharge.