Department of Cardiac Surgery | Day of Surgery

Same-day admissions

CICUOn the day of surgery, your child will go to the Cardiovascular Inpatient Unit (8 East), on the 8th floor of the main hospital in Boston, at her scheduled time. Your child's pre-op nurse will greet you, admit your child and escort you and your child to an activity room to wait for surgery.

As time for surgery approaches, an operating room assistant will escort you and your child to the inpatient pre-operative holding area. Two adults may accompany your child while you are in this area, and you will meet the operating room nurse and anesthesiologist who will care for your child during the operation.

Inpatient admissions

With inpatient admissions, many of the preparations are the same as same-day admissions, except that your child will already be in the hospital.

He may need an electrocardiogram, chest X-Ray, echocardiogram and blood work. You will meet with your child's cardiologist, cardiac surgeon, cardiac surgical resident, cardiology fellow and the cardiac anesthesiologist, and will be shown around the Cardiovascular Inpatient Unit (8 East), where your child will be admitted. You may also tour the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit the night before surgery.

The pre-operative information explained to your child will be geared to your child's developmental level and your comfort level. A Pre-Admission Program is run by the hospital's Child Life specialists on Wednesday afternoons. Please call 617-355-6470 for more information.

As time for surgery approaches, an operating room assistant will escort you and your child to the inpatient pre-operative holding area. Two adults may accompany your child while you are in this area, and you will meet the operating room nurse and anesthesiologist who will care for your child during the operation.