About the POP Program

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.

Our goal is to make your visit a positive experience and restore your child to the best possible health. We look forward to caring for you and your child.

About the POP

The POP takes place Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 2 to 3 p.m. (No Monday holidays.) If no appointment has been made or you are unsure of the date, call your physician's office. 

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

Also, if your child has been exposed to a contagious illness (such as Chickenpox, TB, Fifth disease, etc.) within the last 21 days, please notify us at 401-444-6030.

On your scheduled POP day, please report to the second floor of Hasbro Children's Hospital, room 211, at 2 p.m.

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.