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Friday, October 30, 2009

How do I prepare my child for surgery?

There are some good suggestions and resources on the PCMC webpage here.

There is also a pre-surgery class that includes a tour of the hospital, activities for various age groups to help prepare them for their experience the day of surgery and an opportunity for older children to discuss their concerns with a surgery nurse and child life specialist, and an opportunity for parents to ask questions. Classes are held Monday through Thursday at 4:30 p.m., and you can check in at the 2nd floor surgery registration area. If you would like to attend, you can register by calling (801) 662-2824 and giving them your child's name and age, the date you plan to attend, how many are coming, and the type of surgery your child is having. You can get more information here if you're interested.

More suggestions to come...

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