Preoperative Assessment and Teaching for Children’s Hospital (PATCH)
Learning your child needs surgery or general anesthetic can be distressing for you and them. Our pediatric anesthesia team is here to help. As part of our education for families with children requiring anesthesia, we connect you with our Preoperative Assessment and Teaching for Children’s Hospital (PATCH) clinic.
Our pediatric anesthesia team at this clinic includes more than 20 nurse practitioners who have backgrounds in pediatrics, hematology/oncology and anesthesiology.
A visit to this clinic will prepare you and your child to best cope with surgery. A specialist will explain the surgical process in a way your child will understand, with suggestions to help the procedure go smoothly.
You'll meet with a family nurse practitioner who will learn about your child's and family's health, examine your child and talk with you about the operation and anesthesia. You'll also receive specific instructions to take with you about how to prepare at home. We encourage you to ask questions and share your concerns.
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Why Visit the PATCH Clinic at Monroe Carell
- No appointment necessary
While we recommend scheduling an appointment, we're pleased to offer walk-in appointments too. Ask your surgery team to connect you with our PATCH team. Siblings are invited to attend the visit, too.
- Murfreesboro and Nashville locations
Appointments are available at Monroe Carell in Nashville and at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt Surgery and Clinics Murfreesboro.