A pre-admission testing (PAT) visit is scheduled for children who have chronic or significant medical conditions, complex needs or require lab (blood) work and/or other tests prior to the day of surgery. If you feel your child meets the need for a PAT visit prior to surgery or if you would like more information, please contact Pre-admission Testing at (816) 802-1238 or toll-free at (888) 561-2403. Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for these visits.
How to prepare your child for surgery
We know that surgery is a major event for you and your child. If your child does not need to come in for a PAT visit, we have some additional options available.
To ease some of your worries and learn more information about your day of surgery, we welcome you to visit our Guide to Surgery page. You and your child can watch a video about having surgery and look at our online picture books to help you feel comfortable before they arrive.
The Child Life Department promotes a positive environment for patients and families, based upon the child’s needs. If you are interested in talking with a Child Life Specialist about your child’s upcoming surgery, and/or would like to schedule a pre-operative teaching session for your child, please call (816) 983-6870 for Children’s Mercy Adele Hall Campus.
We encourage you to be honest and open with your child about their pending procedure. Be positive, confident and reassuring.
Be sure to explore our Common Questions Before Surgery page for answers to some of the questions you may have.
Prior to surgery
About one week prior to surgery, a nurse will call you to discuss your child’s medical history. They will want to know about medical conditions, medications, previous surgeries, allergies and any family history that involves complications with anesthesia. Please be sure to let the nurse know about any illness your child may have had within the past two months.
One to two business days before surgery, a nurse will call you to provide your arrival time to Same Day Surgery, as well as your child’s eating and drinking instructions. They will also discuss your child’s current health and any questions you may have. Please follow these important instructions you receive during this call to ensure your child is ready for surgery. Disregarding the instructions can endanger your child’s health, and surgery may be delayed or cancelled. Please have your child shower or bathe the night prior (or morning of) surgery, as this has been shown to decrease the risk of surgical site infections.