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What to Expect When You Come for Surgery

What to Expect When You Come for Surgery

In this video, we will show you the areas of the hospital that you will see on your day of surgery.
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Annie: Hi, my name is Annie.

Kate: And my name is Kate. And we are child life specialists here at Shriners Hospital in Springfield. In this video, we will show you the areas of the hospital that you will see on your day of surgery.

Annie: Our hope is that you and your family will become familiar and comfortable with the hospital environment.

Once you enter the hospital, you and your family will meet a medical professional who will ask you a few questions about how you are feeling and where you have traveled recently. Then they will measure you and your family's temperature.

Kate: After your screening is complete, you will meet our security guard. The security guard checks your parent or guardian's picture ID like a license, and then takes their picture.

Annie: Then the security guard will give you and your parents an identification sticker.

Kate: After a child life specialist has brought you up to the patient waiting room on the second floor, you will change into your hospital pajamas. There is a bathroom if you need it. And there are curtains for privacy. A nurse will then measure your blood pressure, as well as your height and weight. They may ask you a few questions to make sure you are feeling well. After your nurses complete their assessments it will be time to roll to the pre-op room.

Your anesthesiologist, or sleepy medicine doctor, will decide how you will fall asleep and your child life specialist will prepare you for the way you will get your special sleep medicine. The child life specialist spends time with you planning and practicing the best ways for you to fall asleep. We call this your coping plan. We may offer a choice of games and activities for you and your family to do while you wait. Our favorite part is we get to know you and your family in order to best support and encourage you.

Annie: Your team of nurses and doctors will come by and introduce themselves. They will ask you some questions to ensure you are feeling well and ready for your surgery. For teens, nurses may place an IV in this room. For younger kids, your child life specialist will help sent an induction mask. Your doctors and nurses will get changed into special gowns that are either blue or yellow. The operating room is where you will get your sleepy medicine and have your surgery. There is a small bed in the center of the room where you may lay down to fall asleep. Your doctors and nurses will be there to keep you safe.

Kate: While you are having surgery, your family will be in a room close by. They will have access to the cafeteria if they're feeling hungry. A child life specialist may check in with your family to see how they're doing. And if there's anything that they need. Once your surgery is over, the doctor who performed your surgery will let your family know how it went. When you wake up from surgery, you'll be in a different room. This is known as the PACU, or wake up room.

When the nurses see you waking up, they will get your family. You will wake up slowly from your sleepy medicine. Some kids feel a little yucky, but that's normal. And soon you will feel better. If you are feeling any pain in this room, it's really important to tell your family or nurse, because they can give you medicine through your IV to help you feel better.

Annie: Once your medical team decides that you're ready to go home, your nurses will come by the room to give your family discharge papers. These will explain the best care following surgery. This will include a phone number to call if there are any questions.

Kate: We hope that this tour makes you feel more comfortable and prepared for your day of surgery. Thank you for choosing Shriners Hospital. See you soon.

Annie: See you soon.