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Broomfield, CO 80023
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Pre-Admission Instructions

Pre-Admission Instructions for Surgical Patients Receiving Anesthesia

  • Bring a photo ID (minors do not need ID, but primary insured party does need to bring theirs), your insurance card, and your form of payment.
  • Bring your folder if your surgeon gave you one in the office.
  • Do not eat or drink anything, including water, hard candy, chewing gum, breath mints or chewing tobacco after midnight the night before your surgery, unless otherwise directed.
  • It is okay to shower and brush your teeth the morning of your surgery.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.  If you are having a shoulder surgery, please wear or bring a large button down shirt for after surgery.  Sleeves, legs and waistbands should be loose enough to fit over bandages.
  • Pediatric patients may bring an empty bottle, sippy cup, pacifier, extra underwear or diapers (if applicable), comfort items but no blankets.
  • Bring a list of medications you are currently taking, including vitamins and herbals.
  • Leave all your valuables at home: including wallet, money, jewelry, and laptops.  We cannot be responsible for their safety.
  • Please remove all metal piercings and jewelry.
  • Bring a case for your contacts, glasses and dentures.
  • Bring inhalers with you if you have asthma or emphysema.
  • Bring your CPAP or mouth piece if you use one at home for sleep apnea.
  • If you take insulin, bring your insulin, syringes and glucometer with you.
  • Do not wear any lotion or makeup on your face or body the day of your surgery.
  • Do not take any medications containing aspirin, vitamin E, fish oils, omega fatty acids, herbs, or weight loss products for at least seven (7) days prior to the procedure. If you have taken any of these, please inform your surgeon as soon as possible.
  • If you take blood thinning medications for your heart, like Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix, contact your cardiologist or primary care physician for guidance regarding when you should stop and restart your medication.
  • A responsible adult must accompany you to Children’s North Surgery Center and be available to both drive you home and stay with you through the night. Parents of children absolutely cannot leave while their child (minor) is at the facility – they must remain in the waiting area.
  • You may not take a taxi, bus or any form of public transportation home by yourself  you may do so only if you have a responsible adult with you.
  • Children’s North Surgery Center does not provide crutches.  If you are having leg, knee, ankle or foot surgery, your surgeon may require crutches. If so, please arrange to have them prior to your surgery and bring them with you so we may ensure proper fit and use.  Some local stores offer crutches for purchase, such as King Soopers, Rite Aid, and Walgreens.  You may also try your local community service organizations such as a Senior Center or Goodwill.
  • If your surgeon pre-arranged for any durable medical equipment – such as an ice machine, brace, boot or sling – bring these with you.
  • Call your surgeon’s office if you develop a cold, sore throat, fever or any other illnesses that occur within a few days of your surgery.
  • Feel free to bring reading material or your own digital music and headphones.  
  • If you have any questions regarding your procedure, please contact your surgeon’s office or the Children’s North Surgery Center at 720-777-9545.
  • Serious complications such as vomiting, inhaling fluid into lungs and pneumonia could arise with even small amounts of food or water in the stomach. Since children can forget, they will need to be watched closely.
  • You must tell the nursing staff if your child accidentally eats or drinks anything after the given cut-off time.
  • Non-compliance will result in cancellation of surgery for patient safety.

 

FASTING  GUIDELINES

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT PATIENT/CHILD HAVE AN EMPTY STOMACH BEFORE RECEIVING ANESTHESIA / HAVING SURGERY (For reducing the risk of aspiration and pneumonia)

8 HOURS BEFORE SURGERY

STOP EATING SOLID FOOD! This includes milk!

6 HOURS BEFORE SURGERY

STOP EATING JELL-O, BROTH, FORMULA,  NON-CLEAR FLUIDS, GUM, CANDY, MINTS, TIC-TACS

4 HOURS BEFORE SURGERY

STOP BREAST MILK

3 HOURS BEFORE SURGERY

STOP CLEAR LIQUIDS–  NOTHING ELSE TO DRINK FROM THIS POINT. NO gum, mints, candy!

A CLEAR LIQUID IS ONE THAT ALLOWS READING OF PRINT THROUGH THE LIQUID WHEN PLACED IN A GLASS.  NO PROTEIN DRINKS.

EXAMPLES OF CLEAR LIQUIDS ARE: WATER, PEDIALYTE, CLEAR APPLE JUICE, POWERADE, AND GATORADE.

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS SHOULD BE TAKEN WITH A SIP OF CLEAR LIQUID ON THEIR NORMAL SCHEDULE MORE THAN 3 HOURS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED START OF THE PROCEDURE.

MEDICATIONS TAKEN IN FOODS MUST BE TAKEN 8 OR MORE HOURS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED START OF THE PROCEDURE.