Surgical Extended Care Unit

Helping transition your child between hospital care and home

The Surgical Extended Care Unit (or SECU) helps transition your child between hospital care and home. The unit is specially designed for children who need surgical observation pre and post surgery. In addition, our Emergency Center may admit children who have experienced a trauma to this unit for monitoring. The Surgical Extended Care Unit’s focus is on parent-assisted care, creating a partnership between physicians, nursing staff and parents to achieve the best possible care.

Your Stay in the SECU

Family Presence & Visiting

Parents are our partners in caring for your child and are welcome 24 hours a day. Each room has a sleeper chair. Because of the different nature of the Surgical Extended Care Unit compared to a traditional hospital stay, we request that at least one parent stay with your child while your child is in our unit.

Taking part in your child’s care helps reduce stress. Usually parents are able to change diapers, bathe their child, change clothes and linens, and provide other care as they normally would at home. If you’re not sure how to move your child due to tubes, monitors or pain, please ask your nurse.

Nurses will monitor your child’s vital signs and IV sites/pumps and will perform procedures and administer medications as needed around the clock. Vital signs may include temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure. All of these procedures are ordered by your doctor and are done to help your child recover.

We encourage you to ask questions while your child is here. If any issues or problems arise that your nurse cannot resolve for you, please ask to speak to the unit director. We want your family to feel as comfortable as possible during your stay with us.


All patient information is confidential by law. Please don’t ask about other patients.

Anyone who asks for information about your child needs to have the Patient’s Unique Code—the 4-digit number given to you on a small card at the time of admission. If you aren’t sure of your child’s Unique Code number, ask your nurse. If you want a family member to be able to ask about your child’s condition, please give them the Unique Code number. Anyone who does not have the code and asks for information must speak directly with the family.

Preventing Infections

To prevent the spread of infection, all family members and visitors should wash their hands before and after every patient contact—especially before leaving the patient’s bedside. You can also use the hand sanitizer outside of each room.

To prevent the spread of infections, please don’t touch other patients or their belongings. Please do not share food, toys or other items with other patients.


We need your help to keep our environment safe. If you have any safety concerns, you can talk to your child’s nurse or call our Safety Hotline ext. 78894
(or 727-767-8894).

  • Siderails on beds should be up when your child is sleeping or on medication
  • NEVER turn off the various pumps or monitors in your child’s room. Please call your nurse if an IV pump is beeping.
  • Ask for assistance when your child needs to go to the bathroom
  • Make sure children do not climb on furniture in patient rooms
  • IV poles are not safe for children to ride on
  • Don’t leave valuables (purses, laptops, cellphones) unattended

Cafeteria and Room Service

The cafeteria is on the first floor and is open from 7 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. There are vending machines near the cafeteria exit that are available at any time. You can call ext. 73019 for the daily menu.

Patients can order meals and snacks from our Room Service menu between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Ask your child’s nurse about any diet restrictions before ordering food. Food trays aren’t delivered automatically--patients must order food through Room Service.

"Guest Tray" meals are available for family members and other guests of patients and are delivered to the patient's room. You can buy Guest Tray meal tickets in the cafeteria to use to purchase Guest Trays, or you can pay using your credit/debit card when you order. Call ext. 73663 to order the Guest Tray meal. Guest Trays are available between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily.

For a printable version of this information, please download our Surgical Extended Care Unit Brochure (pdf).
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