The hospital offers tours of the surgical facilities several days a week. This program is very helpful for both child and family. Please call 513-636-8298 to make reservations for this educational program.
You will need to do a few things to get your child ready for surgery. A checklist will help make sure you are prepared. View the pre-surgery checklist.
On the day before surgery, a nurse or technologist will take a sample of your child's blood for a complete assessment. You will need to have this done at the test referral center located at the main hospital or at one of the satellite facilities. The test referral center's hours of operation are 7 am-8:30 pm Monday through Friday and 8:30 am-4:30 pm Saturday. If you have questions, call the test referral center, 513-636-4461.
If your child's neurosurgeon has told you that your child will need a blood transfusion for surgery, you have the option of using the blood provided through Hoxworth Blood Center or donating through Hoxworth's Directed Donor Program.
Blood obtained through regular donations is as safe as blood secured through directed donors. This is especially true if the directed donor is not the parent or immediate relative. Women who have given birth within the past six months cannot donate blood. If you are interested in the Directed Donor program, call Hoxworth at 513-451-0910 or 1-800-830-1091.
To help prepare for a successful surgery, share with us your child's full medical history. Please report:
- Any bleeding disorders within the family
- Any medications the child is currently taking, including vitamins and herbal or natural supplements
- Any medication allergies
Tell us if your child has a known allergy to latex. Any unexplained problems with surgery, watery eyes, sneezing or wheezing while playing with balloons may be due to a latex allergy. Anyone who has had multiple surgical procedures might have such an allergy.