pediatric outpatient surgery checklist

Pediatric Outpatient Surgery Instructions

Pre-Surgical Telephone Interview

A telephone interview with a nurse is required 2-3 days prior to surgery to obtain medical history and other pertinent information. Please have ready for the interview:

  • a list of all medications the patient is taking

Call 517.364.2475 between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for the interview. If you get voicemail, please leave a message with your name, phone number and the best time of day to reach you (preferably between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.).

If you are a foster parent or a grandparent and the child is involved in the court system, please let the phone nurse know so she can tell you what papers to bring with you on the day of surgery.

Lab Testing

Patients should obtain an order for lab work from their surgeon and go to a UM Health-Sparrow lab 2-14 days prior to surgery. This helps reduce last-minute surgery cancellations due to abnormal lab results.

NPO (Nothing by Mouth) Guidelines from the UM Health-Sparrow Anesthesiology Department

Solid Foods

  • No solids after midnight; may have milk/formula up to six hours, breast milk up to four hours, clear fluids up to two hours prior to surgery.

Clear Fluids

  • Water, plain Jell-O, clear broth, Pedialyte; juices: apple, white grape. No pop or carbonated fluids.