Pediatric Preoperative Program (POP)

Hasbro Children's Hospital's preoperative teaching program (POP) is a program to familiarize children and families with the surgical experience. It gives each child and parent or caregiver an opportunity to meet operating room staff and become comfortable with the environment.

Doctor’s visits or surgery can add stress for children of all ages. Knowing what to expect can lessen anxiety for both you and your child.

About the POP

POP takes place every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 2 p.m. The POP is not open on holidays which fall on Mondays.

During POP you will meet with a child life specialist, who is a professional member of the healthcare team trained to explain what will happen, and why, to your child in words they will understand. You and your child will also watch a movie that talks about having the operation, see and feel real medical tools, and go on a tour of the surgical unit. If your child is staying at the hospital after his/her operation, you can take a tour of the general care units, play areas, and resource rooms.

If your child has special needs—such as hearing, educational, behavioral, or mobility difficulties—please inform us ahead of time so that we may help your child participate completely in the program.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for POP, or have questions, please call 401-444-6066. On your scheduled POP day, please report to the 2nd floor of Hasbro, room 211, at 2pm.

When You Visit the POP

Please bring the following to POP:

  • A written list of questions and concerns
  • A list of medication names and dosages your child is taking (dose should be in milligrams or cc if liquid)

Weather Conditions

Weather conditions occasionally lead to cancellation of POP. When in doubt, call 401-444-6030 or listen to WPRO-630 AM, or WJAR Channel 10 news for information. 

Medical History

During POP the anesthesiologist will ask your child's medical history. It is important to know if your child has a chronic medical condition or is on any prescribed medications.

If your child's medical condition is complicated, ask your pediatrician to supply a letter explaining any particular problems. Specifically, if your child has a heart murmur. Most children with heart murmurs are at no additional risk from anesthesia, but information from your pediatrician may be important.

Lab Testing

Under certain circumstances, lab testing, including blood count and urinalysis, may not be necessary before surgery, as determined by the surgeon and anesthesiologist according to specific guidelines. Some children may require a blood type and crossmatch. If your doctor determines that your child does, please bring your yellow card from transfusion services.

Please note that information on this site is for reference purposes only and is not intended to replace the in-hospital POP experience.

We are happy to answer any questions; please call us at 401-444-6887.