The preparation of a child who is about to undergo surgery or anesthesia involves the child's family, primary care physician, anesthesiologist, surgeon, and, many times, other specialists. Communication among the individuals caring for the patient is paramount for the smoothest periopenative course. Established lines of communication permit the efficient and meaningful transfer of patient information and provide the most efficient means of informing the patient about necessary procedures. Familiarity with operating room and day surgery unit policies (eg, NPO guidelines, arrival times, and preoperative educational programs) helps alleviate patient and parent anxiety.
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