Pre-Operative Care Clinic
When your child is having surgery at Children’s National, the Pre-Operative Care Clinic’s (POCC) team of pediatric professionals screens patients for surgery and creates a specific care plan for each patient.
Led by peri-operative nursing and the Division of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, the POCC is available for patients with:
We coordinate with division specialists to provide seamless care before, during, and after surgery, ensuring that your child receives quality care in the safest environment.
- Complex medical issues
- Special needs
- Other complicating circumstances
To minimize the number of trips to the hospital, POCC can also function as a “virtual clinic.” We usually speak with you by phone and communicate by e-mail before your child’s surgery. If your child needs to see one of our specialists in person, we do your best to coordinate appointments with another medical visit.
|The clinic evaluates patients with the following conditions and circumstances, and for any patient as requested by a physician:
- Blood disorders, including sickle cell disease and hemophilia
- Children who use a ventilator or oxygen
- Diabetes related complications
- Dialysis patients
- Goldenhaar syndrome
- Heart disease
- History of complications with anesthesia
- Liver disease
- Metabolic disorders
- Muscular dystrophy or progressive weakness of another cause
- Pierre robin syndrome
- Respiratory conditions, such as severe asthma or cystic fibrosis
- Special ethical issues, such as religious objections to certain procedures
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