The Day of Surgery or a Procedure

Arrive on time

Allow 15–20 minutes for parking, badging and check-in. It is very important to arrive at the hospital on time.

Do not allow your child to eat or drink

Follow the instructions you were given on the phone and in the surgery/procedure checklist you were mailed. If you do not follow these instructions, your child may not be able to have the surgery or procedure.

Give your child a bath

Check for illness

If your child has symptoms of a cold or flu the morning of the surgery/procedure, call:

Bring important things

  • Insurance cards – Bring your health insurance and prescription cards.
  • Medical coupons – Remember to bring coupons if your child is on Medicaid, DSHS, Apple Health or Basic Health Plus.
  • Legal papers – If you are not a parent with legal custody, bring legal papers that allow you to admit your child to the hospital or authorize your consent to your child's surgery.Without these legal papers, your child's surgery or hospital stay may be cancelled.
  • List of medicines – Bring a list of the prescription and non-prescription medicines and vitamin supplements your child is taking, including the name, dosage and concentration. If you do not have a list, feel free to bring the actual bottles of medicines or vitamins. It’s important you do not give your child medicines from home while at Children’s. Learn more.
  • Clothing – Children’s provides gowns and footwear, but your child may feel better in their own clothes, like sweat pants, large T-shirts, socks, underwear, pajamas, etc. The parent (s) staying overnight should bring a bag with clothes, personal toiletries and medicines.
  • Play and comfort items – A favorite blanket, toy, book, video or music (with headphones), phone or computer will help soothe your child. Consider bringing pictures of family, friends and pets.
  • Car seat, booster seat – Remember to use a car seat, booster seat (PDF) or seat belt (depending on your child's age and weight) when transporting your child.