What to Expect

  • If your child needs anesthesia before a test, surgery or other procedure, your child's healthcare team will give you instructions about how to prepare. For example, your child will need to stop eating and drinking at certain times on the day before or the day of their procedure. We will give you these details in advance.
  • If your child is having surgery, they may be seen before the day of surgery in the PASS (Pre-Anesthesia Surgical Service) Clinic. During your PASS visit, a nurse practitioner will ask questions about your child's health history and do a physical exam. The nurse practitioner also will talk with you about what to expect. On the day of surgery, you will meet with your anesthesiologist before surgery to do a physical exam and talk about your child's anesthesia plan.
  • For information on visiting Seattle Children's clinics, please see Your Child's Clinic Visit.
  • For information on having surgery or another procedure at Seattle Children's, please see Your Child's Surgery or Procedure.
  • The links on the Anesthesiology Resources page may also help you and your child prepare.

COVID-19: What to Expect for Your Child’s Safety at In-Person Appointments

We’ve made a lot of changes to our facilities to protect our patients, families and staff from Covid-19.

Visitor restrictions at all our locations

At all of our clinics, we recommend that only one parent or caregiver accompany a patient to their appointment. However, if two caregivers need to come along, we will allow it at this time. Siblings who are younger than 12 months are also allowed to come along. Siblings of any other age are not allowed to come along, and we do not allow more than two caregivers without an exception.

  • When you come for your appointment, you will see that we’re requiring everyone to wear masks at all times, cleaning check-in and registration desks between visits, screening for symptoms at all entrances and have set up our spaces to encourage social distancing.
  • Watch what to expect at your clinic visit during COVID-19 (video).
  • Learn more about the rest of the safety measures we have in place.