Preoperative Assessment and Teaching for Children's Hospital
You and your child have the opportunity to be prepared in order to cope best with the surgical experience. You may schedule a PATCH visit for this preparation. During your PATCH visit, a Child Life Specialist will help you and your child or teen learn about their surgery in the way children learn best, through their senses. Your child will receive suggestions about what he or she can do to help procedures go smoothly.
During your visit, you will also meet with a Family Nurse Practitioner who will ask you questions about your child's and your family's health. He or she will also examine your child and talk with your family about the operation and anesthesia. Also during this time, a nurse will go over preoperative instructions with you and give you a copy to take with you.
Your family will visit the holding area, where you and your child will stay before and after surgery. You may also visit the recovery room, where your child will go immediately after surgery. We encourage you to ask questions and share your concerns. Brothers and sisters are invited to attend the PATCH visit, too.
Schedule a PATCH visit by calling (615) 936-1840.
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