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Ambulatory Surgery (UCA): what makes us different

Personalised information and care are fundamental elements of the operation of the Ambulatory Surgery Unit at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital. Ensuring patients and their families are calm and understand the process facilitates surgery and makes the children's experience less traumatic.

We accompany them throughout the entire process

The child is a participant, along with his/her parents, of the type of surgery that he/she will undergo. We also explain which anaesthesia will be given so they know the symptoms.

The parents can be with their child

From admission and sedation in the operating room to awakening in the resuscitation area, the family can accompany the patient following the instructions of the medical and nursing staff. The child is separated as little as possible from the family to reduce anxiety.

Clowns can visit the operating room

Distraction is key for reducing the anxiety of young patients as they enter the operating room. Clowns can accompany the children to the operating room with one of their parents, and stay with them until they are anaesthetised. Laughter in this environment helps to relax the children and, in turn, makes them less tense, enhancing the effectiveness of the anaesthesia.

We monitor the child before and after the surgery

We contact the family in the pre- and post-operative stages. The medical and nursing team conducts telephone consultations, a support that is useful to resolve doubts and detect possible problems. 

We use combined anaesthesia techniques

If the patient is calm, cooperative and old enough, he/she can express whether he/she prefers total or local anaesthesia or sedation. Medical discretion prevails over the family's choice, but if possible the technique is agreed upon according to the needs of each patient and the surgery to be undertaken.

Our goal is for the child to wake up without pain and without a bad memory of the sedation. We are a leading unit for inhalation anaesthesia, a technique that offers children the possibility of inhaling the anaesthesia easily, through a mask, to avoid at least one of the dreaded injections before surgery. 

Reduction of the incidence of infections and complications

Not having to admit the patient also reduces hospital infections and the rate of post-surgical complications. Once the surgery has been performed, we give guidelines to the families so they can administer oral medication to the patient to control the pain and prevent possible infections.