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Children and Special Needs Adults

Special Care For Children | Special Care For Special Needs Adults  


Special Care For Children

At Premier Surgery Center of Louisville, we work hard to meet the special needs of children and create a relaxed, comfortable environment.  We encourage children to bring a favorite toy, blanket or DVD to the facility for their added comfort and security. 

We encourage parents to discuss the surgery with the child beforehand to help alleviate stress.  Please feel free to contact us to arrange a tour of the facility prior to the surgery.  Parents are also encouraged to stay with the child until the procedure begins and may rejoin the child as soon as it is appropriate.  Upon release, we recommend that one adult drives home while the other adult cares for the child.   

Please refer to the Before My Surgery and Day of Surgery for further tips, as well as the guidelines on this page for children.  Following these instructions may prevent delays or cancellation of the surgery.
  
Drink
Please do not allow your child to eat or drink prior to his or her surgery, following the directions given by the pre-operative nurse the day before surgery. Depending on the time of your child's surgery, he or she may be given special instruction and a time for which your child should no longer eat or drink. It is important to follow these instructions, as your child's surgery may be canceled if you do not comply due to associated health risks.

Food
Children cannot have anything to eat or drink after midnight prior to their surgery.  Please do not allow them to chew gum, suck on candy or swallow toothpaste before surgery.

 
Parental Care 
We require at least one parent to remain in the center during the surgery and recovery.  Please do not bring other young children along.  If your child’s surgery is scheduled near noon, you may want to bring a lunch for yourself while you are waiting. Vending machines with food and drink are available in our lobby.

After Surgery
You will be able to be with your child as soon as he/she is awake and medically safe for transfer after recovery. 

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Special Care For Special Needs Adults

We understand that loved ones who depend upon others for daily living require special attention.  Besides the guidelines in the Before My Surgery and Day of Surgery, the following tips, will help make care for these adults easier:

Consent
The legal guardian needs to sign the consent for surgery and anesthesia on or before the day of surgery.

For Admission
Please bring the patient’s recent health history and medication information.  Be certain to follow the food and drink rules in the Before My Surgery section.

Personal Attendant
As with other patients, special needs patients require a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult to remain at the center from admission through recovery.  A personal attendant will be required to stay with the patient for 24 hours after discharge.   

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