Prepare for Your Child's Procedure

Everyone age 2 and older must wear masks in Vanderbilt’s hospitals and clinics. This is to protect everyone, including young children who aren't able to be vaccinated. Please bring masks for you and your child.

On the day of surgery, 2 adults can be with your child. See visitor policies here.

Pre-procedure testing

COVID testing is needed for patients who are very immunocompromised or not vaccinated and having these procedures:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Dental procedures

For these same procedures, COVID testing is not needed for patients who aren’t immunocompromised and:

  • are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the procedure and can provide proof of vaccination, or
  • were COVID positive within the past 30 days and can provide the date of infection.

If you have any questions about whether your child needs testing, please ask your care team. If you have any questions about the need for COVID testing prior to your child’s procedure, please call 615-936-1840.

This testing must be done 48 to 72 hours before your child's procedure. If your child isn't tested or if the result isn't available on the day of the procedure, the procedure may be postponed until we can get a result.

COVID Testing Locations

To avoid delays or the need for another test, please have your child get a COVID test at one of our Vanderbilt testing locations.

If you must go to a non-Vanderbilt test center, make sure your child gets a PCR test from the nose or mouth. We won't accept any other test results, including results from at-home, antigen, and blood tests.

Next steps based on test result

If your child is tested at a Vanderbilt Health location:

  • the result will show up in your child’s My Health at Vanderbilt account (if they have one).
  • If the test is negative (does NOT show that your child has COVID), the procedure will go on as planned.
  • If the test is positive (shows that your child does have COVID) and comes in during regular business hours, we’ll call you. The person doing the procedure will decide if it can go on as planned or needs to be postponed.

If you can’t come to one of our locations for testing:

  • ask your pediatrician, visit the state Department of Health website, or call your local health department to find a site that will test asymptomatic patients (patients with no symptoms).
  • bring your test result with you on the day of your procedure. You can also have the result faxed to the operating room at (615) 936-7060.

For your safety, your child’s safety, and the safety of other patients, visitors, and staff, we ask that you follow these practices to help prevent the spread of COVID.  

  • On the day of your child’s surgery, 2 adults may be with them. This person must be screened before entering and may not enter if they have symptoms.
  • Everyone over 2 years of age who enters a Vanderbilt Health location must wear a mask.
  • During the procedure, you must be available by phone or through your My Health at Vanderbilt account for the care team to contact you.