What are Pediatric Surgery rounds?

Every day, your child’s care team meets with you and your child in your child’s room between 6 and 8 a.m. The care team includes doctors, nurse practitioners and medical students. They will talk with you about your child’s:

  • Surgical condition
  • Treatment plan
  • Preparations for discharge

Your role as a member of the team

You are a member of your child’s care team! Use this time to:

  • Ask questions
  • Share your knowledge
  • Tell us your concerns

We come very early in the morning, and we may be waking you from sleep. We find it is helpful to write down your questions before the team comes in the morning. If a member of your family spent the night in the hospital, be sure to get an update about the night’s events.

Why we involve you in rounds

We believe your help with rounds results in better patient care and safety, better communication and improved patient and family satisfaction.

When to expect the team

Pediatric Surgery Rounds take place between 6 and 8 am. In general, the team will be at the bedside for only a few minutes. Usually, a team member will see you several times during the day to check on your child, answer any questions and update you on test results. If you have other questions, the nursing staff can page a doctor or nurse practitioner to discuss your child’s care or plan.

How Pediatric Surgery rounds work

Before coming into your child’s room, one of the doctors will present your child’s health status to the rest of the team. The surgery team will then:

  • Go over your child’s past medical history (if they do not already have this information)
  • Ask you about the events of the night before
  • Review your child’s current medical status
  • Examine your child briefly and make a plan for the rest of the day

We encourage you to ask questions and make decisions together with the team. If you or your child is uneasy with a group of people at the bedside, you may talk with a member of the surgical team outside your child’s room.

If you can’t attend or prefer not to attend Pediatric Surgery Rounds, tell your child’s nurse and/or doctor. They will make sure a member of the surgical team meets with you to talk about your child’s care and treatment plan at another time during the day.

Rev. 7/2012. This document is intended to provide health related information so that you may be better informed. It is not a substitute for a doctor's medical advice and should not be relied upon for treatment for specific medical conditions.