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Children and Special Needs Adults

Special Care For Children  | Special Care For 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 Day of Surgery for further tips, as well as the guidelines on this page for children.  Following these instructions may prevent delays or cancellation of the surgery.
- Children under 18 months may have clear liquids and or breast milk up to four hours before procedure.  Clear liquids include water, apple juice, Kool-aid.  NO milk or orange juice. 
– Children over 18 months must not eat or drink anything after midnight before their procedure.  The only exception is if they are still drinking formula, they may have formula up to six hours prior to surgery time.  Please do not allow them to chew gum, suck on candy or swallow toothpaste or water before surgery.  

Parental Care 
We require at least one parent/legal guardian 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
One parent/legal guardian will be able to be with your child as soon as he/she is awake.  

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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 be present to sign consent for surgery and anesthesia on the day of surgery. We must have a copy of the legal documents appointing the guardian or power of attorney.

For Admission
Please bring the patient’s recent health history and medication information.  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 in the facility during the procedure and with the patient for 24 hours after discharge.   

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