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At UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we believe parents and guardians can contribute to the success of their child’s visit and we invite you to participate. Please read the following information to learn about this medication, its use for your child’s surgery, and how you can help.
Your child’s test or surgery will be done under procedural sedation (se-DAY-shun), which means that your child will be given medication to make him or her very drowsy and relaxed during the procedure.
When sedation is needed, there are important rules for eating and drinking that must be followed in the hours before the procedure. One business day before your child’s procedure, you will receive a phone call from a nurse between the hours of 1 and 9 p.m. (Nurses do not make these calls on weekends or holidays.) Please have paper and a pen ready to write down these important instructions.
Once your child has been registered for the procedure, a nurse will meet with you to take your child’s vital signs, weight and medical history. As the parent or legal guardian, you will be asked to sign a consent form before the sedation medication is given.
If your child has any special needs or health issues you feel the doctor needs to know about, please call the office of the doctor who will be doing the test before the test and ask to speak with a nurse. It is important to notify us in advance about any special needs your child might have.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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