There are a lot of questions you might be asked after your child’s surgery. We want to share 6 common questions asked during a post-operative call.
Ok, so I know the 2RNs are pre-operative and recovery room nurses, but in these roles we also have contact with our patients related to what happens when they leave the hospital.
If your child was discharge home on the day of surgery, our surgical services nurses, like in most hospitals, will call you the next day to see how your child is doing. During this call there are 6 questions you might be asked. Some might seem obvious but they are still important.
1) How is your child doing? Parents are often the best judge of this. You know what your child was like before their surgery and hopefully you will be the one who will spot a problem, if it occurs, when they are home.
2) Is your child in any pain? If they are, were you given pain medication that brings their pain down to a tolerable/comfortable level?
3) Is your child eating and drinking? If not, why?
4) Is your child having problems with nausea or vomiting? If so, how often and what have you done to mitigate the problem?
5) Does your child have a fever? If so what is it and have you done anything to help bring it down?
6) How is your child’s surgical site? Often, you won’t be able to see the site because it is covered by some type of dressing. If it is covered by a dressing, is there any drainage on the dressing? Is it still intact over the site? Is there any swelling or redness around the area? With some surgeries you can expect to see some drainage, maybe some swelling and even some bruising around the area. Hopefully the discharge instructions you received will have a list of what you should watch for in terms of the surgical site/dressing.
More Post-Operative Things To Remember Or To Ask About:
- Do you need to schedule a post-operative appointment to see your surgeon? A post-operative visit is not always necessary. Make sure to read the instructions you were given or ask the nurse when you are discharged if you should schedule a follow-up appointment.
- What are some of the things you should watch for? When should you call the surgeon and what number should you call if you do have questions or concerns? Is this the same number you should use after hours or on weekends?
For more information or to download our Surgery Day Checklist or our Pre-Surgical and Post-Surgical Questions List, visit our Parents Resources Page.