The following are what the hospital staff will do to keep your child safe during surgery:
- Your child will have an ID band or "bracelet" on his wrist or ankle so that everyone knows his name. The nurses and doctors will check your child's "bracelet" to identify him before they start the procedure or surgery.
- To further protect your child's safety, you will receive a code or ID band with your child's information. That way, the hospital staff knows that you are your child's parent.
- For most surgeries, the person performing the procedure or surgery will mark the part of the body where the procedure or surgery will be performed. They will involve you and your child when marking the body part when possible. The site will be checked again before the procedure or surgery.
- Everyone (nurses, doctors, and other caregivers) who cares for your child will work to prevent surgical site infection by washing his or her hands before the procedure or surgery. A caregiver may use clippers to cut hair where the surgery will take place. Also, surgical staff wear special gowns, gloves, hair covers, and masks to keep the surgery area clean. The site of your child's surgery is cleaned with a special soap that kills germs, and, possibly, your child will receive antibiotics before the surgery starts.