Packard Kids Connection Information for Parents
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Note that during this expansion, routes to Packard Children’s Hospital and our outpatient clinics in Palo Alto have changed.
Here are some additional details that will help prepare your child for a test or treatment and optimize his or her hospital stay.
Helping Your ChildAs a parent, you play the central role in preparing and supporting your child before, during and after a test or treatment. Experts from Packard Children’s Department of Child Life have made supporting children during medical care their specialty, helping them understand what to expect, how to relax and other details. Our child life specialists are readily available to provide parents with ideas, language suggestions or educational materials that can help you prepare and support your child. Child life specialists may be reached by calling (650) 497-8336 between 8 am and 5:30 pm.
Packing TipsStorage space in your child’s hospital room is very limited. We encourage you to bring your child’s favorite items, especially those that provide comfort or distraction. At the same time we ask you to please be selective. A large assortment of toys, games, books, magazines, videos, art and craft supplies and other activities are available right here in the hospital for your convenience.
Always ask your nurse for instructions about having visitors. And, very importantly, always ask your child for his or her preference. Our child life specialists and social workers strongly recommend letting your child make decisions about whether or not they’d like to have visitors. Encourage them to trust their feelings, remind them that it’s okay to say “no” if they just aren’t feeling up to visiting, and support their decision.
Imaging StudiesYour child’s health care provider will give you specific instructions on when your child should stop eating or drinking before an x-ray, MRI, CT or other radiological study. Four hours is considered the minimum, but your child’s doctor may give different instructions that are designed just for your child. It is important for your child’s safety that you follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
Anesthesia and Presurgery InformationEvery child who comes to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital for surgery will have an orientation with the Pre-Anesthesia Assessment Center (PAAC). Nurse practitioners at the Center are available before or after this appointment to answer any questions that may come up about your child’s procedure. If you would like to speak with one of the nurse practitioners for anesthesia or nurse coordinators for recovery, please call (650) 736-7359. Someone is available to take your call from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm.
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital also provides an online education program for parents called Emmi® to help you understand anesthesia choices and let you know what to expect on the day of your child’s procedure. You can view the Emmi program as many times as you like. When you are ready, visit the Packard Children's Emmi Web page to get started.
Pain ManagementThe Pain Go Away video helps improve patients' pain management, and focuses on the use of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pumps. It was created by a team of Packard Children's Hospital health care providers and families.
A Teaching HospitalLucile Packard Children’s Hospital is a teaching hospital through its partnership with the Stanford University School of Medicine. There may be times when, instead of one doctor visiting your child, two or more people may come to the room. You and your child are encouraged to inquire about everyone who comes to your room and to ask for identification. It may also be helpful to know the titles that represent someone’s level of learning in a teaching hospital:
- Medical student: A person in medical school pursuing the four-year course of training, study and practice required to earn a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD). Third- and fourth-year medical students observe and provide care under the supervision of a resident, fellow and attending physician (see below).
- Physician: When a medical student completes medical school and receives an MD degree, he or she is a physician, qualified to practice medicine. A physician who does surgical procedures may also be called a surgeon.
- Resident: A resident is a licensed physician who provides medical and surgical care while obtaining expertise in a specific field of medicine. A resident physician works under the supervision of an attending physician.
- Intern: A first year resident may also be referred to as an intern.
- Fellow: A fellow is a licensed physician who has completed a residency program and cares for patients under supervision, while obtaining further subspecialty training.
- Attending: The attending is the senior physician who provides teaching and supervision to medical students, residents, interns and fellows. The attending physician holds the ultimate responsibility for the patient.