Children and Special Needs Adults

Please refer to the Before My Surgery and Day of Surgery for additional information, as well as the guidelines on this page for children.  Following these instructions may prevent delays or cancellation of the surgery.

We understand that loved ones who depend upon the assistance of others to carry out the activities of daily living require special consideration.  In addition to the guidelines provided in this site, the following information, will help make care for the patient easier:

The legal guardian must sign the consent for surgery and anesthesia on or before the day of the surgery or procedure.

Please bring the patient’s most recent health history and medication information or complete the online registration. 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.

Guide pet For patients using guide animals:
Due to infection control concerns, Guide animals will remain in the lobby Area with family members. The patient When the patient goes to the preop area, he/she will be under the care of the RN and Physician.

Children may have clear liquids up to two hours before either arrival.  This includes water, apple juice, soft drinks and gatorade.  NO milk or orange juice.
Food – 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
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.