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.

Notice:

(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.