Instructions before, during and after a child’s catheterization

Apr 8, 2020

Instructions before, during and after a child’s catheterization

Apr 8, 2020

Dear mother:

If your child will undergo a cardiac catheterization, all the details of the catheterization procedure will be explained to you by the attending physician. Please do the following:

Instructions before the catheterization:

  • Fasting should be at least 4-6 hours before the catheterization, depending on the age of the child.
  • Bring all medications used by the child in advance.
  • Tell the doctor if your child has any type of allergy, whether it is medicine or food.
  • Inform the doctor of any health problems that occurred in the last week before the catheterization  (such as a rise in temperature).

During the catheter:

  • Catheterization will be performed under a sedative or full general anesthesia, depending on the medical condition and age of the child.
  • A small tube will be inserted from the child’s thigh after being anesthetized through the femoral artery to reach the heart for the purpose of diagnosis or treatment.
  • After the catheterization is completed, the tube will be pulled from the child’s thigh and the responsible nurse will press the area 5-10 minutes to prevent any bleeding.

After the catheterization:

  • After the catheterization is completed, the child will be transferred to the fourth floor (female cardiac ward) for observation.
  • It is preferable for the child to stay in bed and not engage in any activity until the doctor permits it.
  • After the recovery from anesthesia is complete, it is recommended that the child be given fluids and food only after the doctor permits it.


(If you notice that the child suffers from nausea or vomiting, oral administration of fluids is prohibited until these symptoms disappear.)

When leaving the house:

  • Avoid violent activities that may cause pressure on the groin area (running, cycling).
  • Do not swim or dive until the wound heals.
  • Do not apply any cream or paint to the catheterization area.
  • Keep the catheterization area dry and clean.
  • Not to shower for two days after the catheter.
  • Adhere to the recommendations of the attending physician upon discharge from the hospital.

Visit the nearest emergency department in the following cases:

  • A very high temperature.
  • Strange signs appearing in the catheterization site (redness, bleeding, swelling or severe pain).
  • Constant nausea after the catheterization.