Hospital staff will do the following to ensure your child has a safe surgery:
- Hospital staff will review the procedure in the OR prior to the beginning of the surgery. It is valuable for them to find out who will be in the room, what their role is and, exactly what is supposed to be done to your child. They might use a checklist—similar to what pilots use when flying—to make sure everything they need is present and ready, as well as anything they might need just in case.
- Your staff will make sure you are informed about what is happening to your child. You should get information on the surgery ahead of time so you can ask good questions and share concerns if you have them. If you do not receive this material, ask for it.
- The surgeon will “sign the site”—the part of your child’s body that will be operated on. Ideally, this will happen while you are in the room with your child before surgery. This will help everyone be clear that the right part be operated on. The only mark should be on the part being operated on, and nowhere else on the body.
- The care team will invite you to stay with your child until he/she falls asleep.
- The hospital emphasizes the need for all equipment to be sterile prior to use.
- The hospital emphasizes the need for all care team members to completely wash their hands and wear the right gowns and clothing to minimize infection.
- The anesthesiologist will ensure that all the anesthesiology equipment in the operating room is in working condition prior to the start of surgery.
- The nurses will make sure that all medications are appropriately prepared and labeled for use during your child’s surgery.
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