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Helpful information for your hospital admission
Q. What should I bring with me to the hospital?
A. Here are some helpful hints:
We realize separation is hard for children and parents, and we will make every effort to return your child to you as quickly as possible.
Q. Can I eat before surgery?
A. Unless it is an emergency, all surgical patients are "NPO" (nothing by mouth) from midnight the night before to the time of surgery. "NPO" means that you cannot have any solid foods after midnight but are allowed to have 2 ounces of water, apple juice, or cranberry juice up to three (3) hours before your surgery. This keeps the stomach empty and helps prevent vomiting or aspiration (fluids going into the lungs) during surgery and the recovery period.
Q. What medications should I take before surgery?
A. Your doctor or pre-admission nurse will tell you which medications you may or may not take on the day of your surgery. If you use an inhaler, please bring it with you.
Q. How will my pain needs be met?
A. We want to make you as comfortable after your surgery. Here is some helpful information:
Q. Can I drive home?
A. NO. You must make arrangements for a ride home. Your family may wait for you in the waiting area. If they need to leave or stretch their legs, they will be given a beeper so that they can be reached when you are ready for discharge.
Helpful Tips for a Quick Recovery
When You Are Discharged From the Hospital
When you are discharged, you will receive all instructions about activity, diet, dressing changes, care of drains or catheters, medications, home care services, and any return to doctor's appointments. We encourage your questions, so please feel free to ask your nurse or any member of your health team.