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Clinical Visit

What should we expect during a clinical visit?

When you arrive at the hospital, report to the clinic on the second floor. A staff member will register you and your child, and your youngster’s height and weight will be measured.

Once in the clinic room, the routine includes:

  • Your child’s heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, temperature and oxygen saturation will be measured.
  • A nurse practitioner will obtain a complete medical history of your child and perform a physical examination.
  • Lab work and other procedures may be conducted, including:
    • Chest X-ray
    • Blood work (complete blood count, blood chemistries, blood clotting times, urinalysis, type and cross-match)
    • Electrocardiogram
    • Echocardiogram

Will we discuss anesthesia?

After all of this is completed, you will also meet with an anesthesiologist on the hospital’s sixth floor. The anesthesiologist will review your child’s health history and discuss anesthesia needs with you.

Will we tour the floor and meet the care team?

We will educate you about the intensive care unit, surgical floor and cardiac step-down unit, and you will meet many members of our care team. We want to make sure that we provide you with information to make you feel comfortable and informed about your child’s cardiac surgery.