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Welcome to the Day Treatment Center – AFCH (6991)

Welcome to the Day Treatment Center – AFCH (6991) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Pediatrics, Parenting


Welcome to the Day Treatment Center

Welcome to the Day Treatment Center. We
are located in the Diagnostic and Therapy
Center at American Family Children’s
Hospital (AFCH) in Madison, Wisconsin.
Our center hopes to make your child’s life a
little less stressful. We provide patients with
infusions, transfusions, and chemotherapy
on an outpatient basis. Our services replace
the need for a hospital stay to receive these

When your child is scheduled for a
procedure in the Day Treatment Center,
there are certain basic steps you can expect
during your visit. Please note, because
treatments vary greatly, some steps may not
be included below.

What to Bring

Please bring any comfort items that will
make your child feel more at ease, such as a
blanket, a stuffed animal, or an ipod. Toys,
books, and games can be found in our
playroom for your child’s use while in the
Center. You may also bring food and drink
items for yourself or your child as well as
special cups or bottles.

When You Arrive

 Please consider using our Valet
Parking which is available to you if
you pull up to the AFCH front doors,
or you can park in the AFCH ramp
 If you choose to park in the AFCH
ramp please bring your parking stub
into the hospital with you to get it
stamped. Do not leave it in your car.
 Check in at the reception desk
located in the Diagnostic and
Therapy Center.
 A Nursing Assistant will then check
your child’s vital signs and weight
and bring you and your child back to
one of the day treatment rooms
(pictured above).

Initial Assessment

After getting settled into one of the six day
treatment rooms, a nurse will come in to
meet you and your child. The nurse will ask
about your child’s health and will prep the

child for any IVs he/she may receive. A
numbing cream may be applied to the spot
where the IV will go if needed.


The procedures in the Day Treatment Center
vary greatly. To learn about what to expect,
please call the center. Staff can answer any
questions you may have. Your child’s
comfort level during procedures is a concern
for us. If you would like, a Child Life
therapist can help with teaching and
distraction during any procedures that occur
during your child’s stay.


For your child, who is a patient, there are
snacks and drinks offered in the Center or a
staff member can help you order a tray from
Room Service. You may also order a tray
from Room Service for yourself for the cost
of $8.00/tray by calling Room Service.
There is also an AFCH café located near the
Diagnostic and Therapy Center that offers
healthy choices for eating.


A responsible adult must remain in the
building while your child is in the Day
Treatment Center. If you need to leave your
child for a short time to go to another part of
the hospital you must inform the nurse and
have a cell phone or a pager with you at all
times. Siblings and friends are allowed to
visit with the patient during their stay in Day
Treatment if a responsible adult is with


There is a playroom in the Center for
children. If children meet the criteria they
will be allowed to use the playroom. If the
playroom is not an option, a member of the
Child Life staff will help children to find
ways to play during their stay.


On school days, if you would like your child
to have assistance with schoolwork, we can
arrange to have an AFCH teacher meet with
your child.


Once the procedure is complete, instructions
will be given to you before you leave.
These instructions will discuss post-
procedure care as well as phone numbers to
call for questions. Please remember to
schedule any follow-up Day Treatment
visits before you leave, if possible.

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 11/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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