Patients and Families

E.) The Day Before

  • Your child not receive any vaccines the day prior to surgery.
  • One business day before your child’s procedure, you will receive a call from a surgery nurse between 1 and 9 p.m. The nurse will ask several questions about your child’s medical history, current medications and readiness for the particular procedure. He or she will answer any questions you have and will give you the important instructions you and your child need to follow. Please have paper and pen ready to write down instructions.  
  • The surgery nurse will provide you with instructions for eating and drinking. To ensure your child's safety for anesthesia, it is important to follow these specific times for eating and drinking. To view these instructions, click here.
  • If your child takes medications regularly, including herbal or nutritional supplements, please inform the surgery nurse during the pre-procedure phone call.
  • Directions to the surgery center will be given, if you need them.
  • If your child has special needs, please inform the surgery nurse.
  • The surgery nurse will provide you with an arrival time for the day of surgery. Remember: this is your arrival time, not your child's surgery time.
  • If you have questions or concerns about your child's surgery, or if you are not contacted by 9 p.m. the day before your child's surgery, call the Same Day Surgery nurse at 412-692-5242, or after 10 p.m., the Admissions Department at 412-692-5310 for your arrival time.

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