For the past 14 years, on Saturday mornings, Lois Lurie, RN, Ambulatory
Surgical Unit (ASU), and Carol Tufano, RN, Pre-Admissions Testing, have conducted guided, interactive tours of Winthrop-University Hospital's Ambulatory
Surgery Unit for children undergoing surgery.
"I have found that educating both the child and parent helps to reduce the
parent's anxiety, which in turn decreases the child's anxiety," explained Ms. Lurie.
Children ages three- to-14 years old scheduled for outpatient surgery are
encouraged to participate. During the interactive tour, the nurses explain what
can be expected before, during and after surgery. Using child-friendly terminology
and play to engage the children, they make
sure each participant leaves feeling
relaxed and ready for their upcoming procedure. Additionally, parents and children
are able to bond with others going through
"The tour is very helpful to parents,
who leave with an understanding of the
upcoming surgery. In turn they are able to
better prepare their child," said Ms. Tufano.
Tours are offered every Saturday
morning and must be scheduled through
Pre-Admission Testing by contacting Ms.
Tufano at (516) 663-2132.