Surgical Dictionary for Kids
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Anesthesia is medicine that helps you stay asleep during an operation.
It also makes sure that you don’t feel any pain while you are asleep.
Anesthesia is either a kind of gas (or air) you breathe through a mask,
or it's a liquid that gets injected into your veins through an IV.
Blood Pressure Cuff
A blood pressure cuff is a piece of cloth a doctor or nurse will wrap around
your arm to make sure that your heart is doing a good job
pumping blood through your body. The blood pressure cuff will blow up
like a balloon and get a little bit tight around your arm just like a big hug.
A blood test is when a nurse or doctor uses a tiny needle to takes out
a little bit of blood to look at. This might feel like a little pinch,
or might be taken through in IV.
Child Life Specialist
A fun teacher that helps you understand what is going to happen while you
are in the hospital and helps you not be worried. They have toys and fun
things to play with while you are in the hospital. They wear pink!
A doctor is a special person that works in the hospital to help you feel
better or to make sure you are healthy. He sometimes wears a silly hat and mask.
Germs are tiny living things that get inside your body. They are so small
that you can't even see them, but they are everywhere. Germs can make
you feel sick in different ways.
An I.V. is a small plastic tube, like a straw, that gets gently inserted
into a vein in your body. This tiny tube carries liquid medicine into
your body that will help you feel better. Sometimes, the nurse may leave
the tube in your arm for a while, so they can use it again.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
An MRI is a machine that takes special pictures of the inside of your body,
like your stomach, your brain or your heart. In order to take this picture,
you need to lie still on a table inside the MRI machine. Some children
can lie still on their own, while others take medicine to help them lie
still. Taking the MRI picture does not hurt, but the machine is very noisy.
You can listen to music or watch a show while the picture is being taken.
A nurse is a special person that takes care of you while you are in the hospital.
Name bands are given to each patient. They help the hospital staff know
who each patient is and tells important information about them. They
are placed either on the patient’s arm, or in younger patients,
they placed on the patient’s ankle.
Operation or Surgery
An operation is where an "incision" or small cut is made in your
body to fix something inside of you or to see if there's a problem.
The doctor might also
take out or repair something from inside your body that is making you
sick. Older children will need more details on their specific operation.
An otoscope is a little flashlight with a special earpiece. The doctor
uses an otoscope to look in your ears or inside your mouth. It does not
hurt at all when the doctor does this, but it might tickle. Say Ahhh!
A pulse Ox looks like a band-aid with a white cord attached. It goes on
your finger or toe and shows the doctors and nurses how much air
is in your blood. It may have a little red light on it, and it does not
hurt a bit.
A stethoscope is a special tool the doctor uses to listen to your heart
and lungs. It makes the sound louder, which helps your doctor to hear
the doctor if you can listen too!
However, sometimes cuts that are very deep or don't stop bleeding by
themselves need stitches to make sure they heal. If you need stitches, a
doctor or nurse will give you an injection of medicine to make sure your
skin won't feel them. Then they will use a very thin piece of thread
to sew your
cut closed. When the cut is healed, the stitches are removed. That feels
funny, but it does not hurt.
An x-ray is special kind of camera that takes a picture of things inside
your body. This picture is usually of your bones.