Your Child Is Going To The Hospital
Not sure what to expect? See It Before You Experience ItAs nurses, we feel strongly that parents and children need resources that explain in a fun and engaging way some of the things that will happen when you have to go to the hospital. Even though doctors, nurses and hospitals all differ slightly, the videos and articles are here to help prepare you, for what might come.
Tips from Doctors and Nurses
A guide for parents whose child needs an operation, available for free online. Written by Dr. Kathryn D. Anderson, former President of the American College of Surgeons, with the goal of taking away some of the fear and helplessness parents feel when they hear the word surgery related to their child.
Why It Is Important To Be Honest With Your Children
Prepare Your Child for Medical Encounters
Anesthesiologist Explains Anesthesia for Surgery
The 2 RNs Give Tips On A Pre-Operative Call
The 2RNs - Tips On What Might Happen In The Recovery Room Part 1
The 2RNs - Tips On What Might Happen In The Recovery Room Part 3
The 2RNs - Tips On What Might Happen In The Recovery Room Part 2
Tips from Other Parents
As this parent says, going through a child’s surgery, routine or not, can be a physically and emotionally exhausting experience. Our hope is that reading tips like these from a parent who has been through the experience can help you prepare.
A very real mom with very real strategies that worked to help her daughter prepare for eye surgery. She shares all 14 plus a few bonus tips. Personal and practical.
No parent wants to see their child go through pain but pediatric surgery can be especially difficult. Do what you can to prepare yourself ahead of time so you know what to expect.
Pain Management – Take Control
Medical Procedures and Conditions
Starting an IV
The Induction Room
What Are Allergy Shots?
Middle Ear Infection Symptoms
Pediatric Sleep Center Appointment
Tonsillectomy: A Kids Perspective
What Is Diaper Rash?
Appendicitis - Causes, and Symptoms
Glossary of Medical Terms & Conditions
AnesthesiaThese medications enable the painless performance of medical procedures. Often referred to as “going to sleep.” Really, being under anesthesia is nothing at all like sleep. There are many medications, both gas and IV, that are used to have your child go to sleep and stay asleep. Because of this, the medicines must be continuously given to keep your child anesthetized.
NPO GuidelinesNPO means “Nothing by Mouth.” Your child will need to stop eating and drinking for a certain time period before their surgery for their safety. You will be given clear instructions on when to stop eating and drinking. It is important to abide by these times or your surgery may be delayed or cancelled.
IVIV means intravenous and gives medicine or fluids through a needle or tube inserted into a vein. This allows the medicine or fluid to enter the bloodstream right away. A needle is inserted into a vein, most often near the wrist. A thin plastic tube called a catheter is then pushed over the needle. The needle is removed, and the tube remains.
Induction RoomThis is a room outside the operating room where anesthesia may be given. You may be allowed to be with your child in the induction room when he/she receives anesthesia. This decision is up to the anesthesiologist. You may not be allowed into the induction room because you are too anxious, feel faint, or are pregnant.
Activities and Gifts to Keep Your Child Relaxed and Happy
Checklists To Help Parents And Caregivers Prepare
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