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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:
  • Complex medical issues
  • Special needs
  • Other complicating circumstances
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.

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
  • Seizures
  • Special ethical issues, such as religious objections to certain procedures
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.

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