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Preparing for Surgery

Child Life Services within the Day Surgery Unit

The Child Life Department at Covenant Children's Hospital plays a vital role in preparing pediatric patients for surgery within the Day Surgery Unit. Child Life Specialists help prepare the patient and their families for the hospital experience by helping them cope, minimizing stress and anxiety, providing age appropriate explanations, and creating opportunities that foster self-esteem.

Here are a few things you can expect to learn:

  • Preparation for the Operating Room: Providing age appropriate explanations of what patients can expect to see, hear and feel during their hospital stay using pictures and medical equipment. Patients are able to gain knowledge about anesthesia and are given the option to decorate their own special anesthesia mask to take with them into surgery.
  • Operating Room Support: Help patients and their families develop coping plans and strategies to use during anesthesia induction to help ease fears.
  • Recovery Room Support: Providing support to patients as they wake up from surgery and reconnecting them with their family members as soon as possible.
  • Preparation to Leave the Surgical Unit: Continued care and support for the patient as they get ready to leave the hospital or are admitted for further care.

Pre-Operative Learning Activities for Youth (P-L-A-Y)

This class/tour is focused on helping prepare children become familiar with the hospital experience and helps answer the fears of the unknown.

P-L-A-Y allows children to have the opportunity to engage in medical play, tour the hospital, and meet the Child Life staff at Covenant Children's Hospital.

P-L-A-Y is held weekly on Thursdays from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Children who are scheduled for surgical services are invited to join us for the class/tour. Siblings and family members are encouraged to attend. Family members who are interested in their child/children attending can call the Child Life office at (806) 725-6992 and leave a brief message with their child's name, age and date of surgery to confirm attendance.

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