Visiting Your Child After Surgery

Visiting Your Child After SurgeryIn recognition of the important role parents play in the recovery of their children following an illness or surgery, The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary Post Anesthesia nurses have made it possible for parents to be with a child as he or she awakens from surgery.

The following information is designed to help you understand the routine and provide information if you wish to visit your child in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).

Who May Visit the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)?

Parents or legal guardians. Due to limitations of space in the PACU and in the best interest of the patient, please decide in advance which one person will stay with your child during the PACU stay. Once the designated parent or guardian is chosen, we cannot allow anyone else to come into the recovery room for a visit.

What Happens in this Unit?

You child is transported to the PACU following surgery. There, the nurse will take your child’s vital signs (i.e. blood pressure, breathing, pulse) frequently, receive the report from the anesthesiologist, check the doctor’s orders, record observations and generally settle your child. He or she will be continuously monitored until awake enough to return to the outpatient area or the special pediatric area on the 9th Floor.

When May I Visit?

The nurse will evaluate your child and decide when the parent may be called in.

There are a number of factors taken into consideration, so please do not be alarmed if you are not called immediately.

Please understand that at any time during your visit, it may become necessary for you to leave.

How Will My Child Look?

Your child will be connected to monitoring equipment, oxygen, and an IV. The nurse will explain these.

Each child reacts differently to anesthesia. Some children may cry and be restless while waking and others may seem to sleep for an unusually long period of time. All these responses are normal.

What Can I Do for My Child?

You are encouraged to speak, touch, and soothe your child. When possible, you may hold your child. If you feel uncomfortable or distressed while visiting, please tell the nurse. We ask you to remain at your child’s bedside while in the room. The nursing staff will be happy to answer questions concerning your child’s recovery and to make you feel comfortable during your visit.

If you have further questions about your child’s condition after surgery, please consult your Discharge Instructions.

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