The Perioperative Care Coordination Clinic (PCCC) at Boston Children's Hospital will likely be your first stop if your child is scheduled for surgery or other procedures performed under anesthesia.
A preoperative clinic visit is necessary for patients who are scheduled to stay overnight after surgery.
During your visit you will meet with the following providers:
- an admitting officer who will verify your insurance and contact information
- a clinical assistant who will obtain your child’s vital signs
- a nurse practitioner who will review your child’s medical history, verify your child’s medications, complete a physical exam, and review preoperative preparation instructions
- an anesthesiologist who will review your child’s medical history and create a plan of care for both during and after surgery. You will then sign an informed consent for anesthesia.
The visit can last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.
We have a child life specialist in the clinic who may be available to provide coping support and assist in preparing your child for the perioperative experience.
If your surgeon has requested labs, they will be drawn by our clinical assistant during your visit.
Our perioperative nurse practitioners, nurses, and doctors will be available to answer any questions you have about anesthesia and the surgical process.
We understand that having surgery or simply being at the hospital can be a frightening time for your child and for you, so we’ll do everything possible to make sure you’re prepared.
The current visitor policy is that each child is allowed to have two visitors.
If you need to reschedule the day/time of your preoperative clinic visit, please reach out to your surgeon’s office.