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Pediatrics Precision Engagement
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By: GetWellNetwork
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CHECKLIST: 8 steps for preparing parents & children for surgery day

CHECKLIST: 8 steps for preparing parents & children for surgery day

Knowledge and preparation are the key to relieving anxiety before, during and after surgery for your youngest patients and their families

Parents are a core extension of every pediatric surgery team. Keeping them organized, informed and on track throughout their child’s surgical journey helps to:

  • Ease stress and fears
  • Prevent complications and readmissions
  • Reduce surgery day cancellations and delays

Equipping them with the knowledge and resources to educate and prepare their child for surgery gives them back a sense of control. When parents feel confident about an upcoming procedure, their children often do, too. Families who are prepared have shown to be better able to cope with the situation and recover faster from surgery.

BEFORE SURGERY

1.

Ask parents about the best way to communicate with them before and after surgery

2.

Provide digestible education for both parents and patients to ensure families are ready for surgery day

3.

When possible, use digital checklists to track progress toward surgery readiness and identify patients at risk for cancellation

 

SURGERY DAY

4.

Reduce cancellations by reminding parents day, time and location of surgery

5.

Provide education for parents while child is in surgery

6.

Make sure parents know what to expect after surgery and when to call their provider

 

AFTER SURGERY

7.

Monitor patient’s progress against post-op care plan

8.

Identify high-risk patients for prioritized care team follow up

 

CHECKLIST: 8 steps for preparing parents & children for surgery day for tips on keeping parents organized, informed and on track before, during and after surgery.

Interested in learning more about GetWellNetwork’s comprehensive toolkit for delivering family-centered care before, during and after surgery? Visit getwellnetwork.com/getwellgo.

 

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