After the surgery or procedure, your child goes to the Post-anesthetic Care Unit. This unit is staffed with nurses trained to care for children recovering from an anesthetic or heavy sedation. While your child is unconscious, a nurse will give care to your child only. After your child wakes, the nurse may divide attention between your child and one other.
The safe recovery of your child is always our first concern. In the Post-anesthetic Care Unit, the staff must be able to respond quickly. A crowded space is not easy to move through. This is why we ask that only one family member stay with the child.
Your child may be confused and restless after the medication and surgery. Please keep the stretcher side rails up unless you have checked with your child’s nurse. Stay near your child’s bedside and respect the privacy of other patients and families. You can bring your child’s favourite toy, pillow, or blanket into unit. It will help your child feel secure.
When your child is ready to go home, the nurse will make sure you feel comfortable doing so.
Children all recover differently. The time when your child will be ready to return home is not known exactly. The staff will give you a general idea. Before you leave, the nurse will discuss the care your child will need at home.
We strongly advise that someone drive you home so you can give full attention to your child. If no family or friend is available, consider taking a cab. We advise you not to travel home with your child on the bus.