Teenagers need clear, complete information about what will happen during the hospital stay. They also need to be included in decision making about their care. Teens are often concerned with privacy and body image.
The following are suggestions that may help you when talking to your teen:
Day of Surgery:
1. Your teen will meet medical staff trained in pediatric/adolescent care.
2. Usually there is time to settle in and relax before going to surgery. An activity room is available for the patients.
3. A short time before surgery, your teen will be taken to the surgical waiting area (holding room). Two adults may go with the patient at this time.
4. You will meet with some of the operating room staff including the anesthesiologist. Encourage your teen to ask any questions he may have at this time.
5. Your teen will go with this team to the operating room. A staff member will guide you to the appropriate waiting area. This is a time to reassure your teen that you will remain in the hospital, waiting for them to return from the Recovery Room.
6. Nursing staff will provide you and your teen with information about post-operative care.
If you have any questions or would like more information on helping your teen
adjust to going to the hospital, please contact the Child Life Department at
(727) 767-4323. If you have questions regarding surgery time, please call Pre Admission Testing at (727) 767-8561.
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