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.
Food and Drink
Age 2 and under:
- Solids, formula, breast milk up to 6 hours prior to surgery
- Clear liquids, which includes water, apple juice, soft drinks and Kool-Aid (NO milk or orange juice) up to 3 hours prior to surgery
- No solids after midnight prior to surgery
- Clear liquids up to 3 hours prior to surgery
Ages 9 and older:
- Nothing to eat or drink after midnight
- If surgery is scheduled after 2pm, the nurse will provide special eating and drinking instructions
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.
Please bring your child’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy for added comfort and security.
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. 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 the day of surgery. All Power of Attorney documents must be submitted to the Center PRIOR to the day of surgery.
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.