Procedures and treatments

Preparing a child for a procedure or treatment can be an anxious occasion. Great Ormond Street Hospital have produced a number of factsheets to help explain what will happen and what to expect.

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Pre-operative hygiene

An important part of our daily routine is to keep ourselves clean – this is a major part of preventing infection – your skin is the physical barrier that keeps out germs and bugs. It is also very important that you take good care of your teeth and gums – this too will help reduce your chances of getting an infection.

Any operation or procedure poses a risk of infection, although in most cases this risk is low. Your surgeon will discuss the specific risk to your child, as it depends on the type of operation your child is having. Almost all operations involving breaking the skin in some way – either through an incision (cut), through a cannula (thin plastic tube) placed into a blood vessel, or by having a tube in your mouth (to help you breath during their operation). The risk of infection getting inside the body can be reduced by having clean skin and good mouth care.

Here we explain why it is so important for your child to have clean skin and good mouth care before the operation and what measures we have put in place at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to reduce the risk of infection before, during and after an operation.

Reducing exposure to cryptosporidial infection: information for families with an immune-compromised child

This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is for families with a child who is thought to be at particular risk from cryptosporidial infection. We hope that it will help you to understand something about the infection and advise on ways in which you can minimise the risk of acquiring the infection. The advice in this information is not applicable to children, young people and adults with a normal immune system.

Spinal surgery at GOSH

At Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), we have developed a pathway for children and young people having spinal surgery. Spinal surgery is a complex procedure, so we want you to understand the benefits and risks of the operation so you can make an informed decision about whether to go ahead. This page explains what will happen from your child’s initial clinic appointment through to discharge, which clinicians you may meet and what to expect.

The Flutter®

This page explains about the Flutter® and what to expect when your child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The Flutter® is part of the treatment to help people who have difficulty clearing sputum (phlegm) from their lungs.

Treating and reducing the risk of pressure ulcers after leaving hospital

Our skin is the most important barrier against infection so we need to look after it carefully. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, people who are unwell develop pressure ulcers. At Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), we recognise that children can develop pressure ulcers too. This information sheet explains about the steps you can continue to take at home to reduce the risk of your child developing a pressure ulcer. It also explains how to manage a pre-existing pressure ulcer at home.