Pre-Surgery/Procedure Checklist for Parents and Guardians


Before the day of surgery/procedure

  • Take a tour of the surgery/procedure area with your child by calling Child Life Services 720-777-3991. You can also view a pre-surgery tour video
  • Make care arrangements for your other children. Sometimes there are restrictions during flu season. For overnight hospital stays, two adults may stay with the patient, but brothers or sisters may not stay overnight.
  • Follow the food and water (NPO) rules
  • Make sure you have the following information ready for when Patient Access Calls, which can happen any time after the hospital has posted the surgical case up to one week:
  • Child's:
    • Legal name
    • Date of birth
    • Home address
    • Child's primary care doctor
  • Guarentor's (the person responsible for paying the patient's bill)
    • Legal name
    • ID Card
    • Mailing address
    • Phone number
    • Insurance card policy numbers
    • Insurance claims address and customer service phone number
  • Parents' or legal guardians':
    • Names
    • Dates of birth
    • Social Security Numbers
    • Employers
    • Phone number(s) at work
  • Co-pay amount due for the child's visit and surgery/procedure
  • If a nurse calls for a patient review over the phone, be sure to tell him or her:
    • If your child has any signs of illness, such as cough, cold, vomiting or fever
    • If your child has any signs of illness, such as cough, cold, vomiting or fever
    • If the person bringing the child on the day of the procedure needs a translator (family members may not translate medical information for the patient or guardian)
  • Gather important information to bring on the day of the surgery/procedure
    • All paperwork given to you by your child’s doctor
    • Insurance card(s)/information
    • List of medications your child is taking
    • Dosages of the medications
  • Pack an overnight bag for you and your child if staying overnight. Include:
    • Comfortable daytime clothing
    • Favorite nightgown, pajamas or robe
    • Slippers or comfortable shoes
    • Toothbrush
    • Toiletries
    • Special bottle, cup, pillowcase or blanket
    • Favorite book or toy
    • Hairbrush, comb and barrettes
    • Containers for glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and dental retainers

    The hospital will have diapers, hospital gowns, pajama bottoms and slipper-socks. The hospital also has toys, games and videos for all ages

  • Make sure you know how to get to the hospital