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Keeping track of your child in surgery


When your child is scheduled for surgery, we understand how hard it is not knowing where your child is after coming to the surgery area. That’s why St. Jude has “Makin’ Trax.”

What is Makin' Trax?

Makin’ Trax is a TV screen that allows parents to follow their child’s care throughout the surgery area. The screen is located in the Surgery waiting room.

Makin’ Trax will help you know where your child is during surgery, but we still encourage you to ask the staff questions about your child if you have concerns.

What will I see on the Makin' Trax screen?

For your family’s privacy, the screen will not include names or procedures. Instead, the staff will give each patient family a case number when their child is admitted the day of surgery. After arriving in the waiting room, parents can look for that number on the Makin’ Trax screen. The row with your child’s case number will appear in one of several colors letting you know where your child is at any time.

The following explains the steps of care in surgery and the colors you will see on the Makin’ Trax screen:

  • Pre-Op Holding – the area your child stays before going to surgery
    • Pre-Op In: Pink
    • Pre-Op Out: Purple
  • Operating Room – room where the surgery takes place
    • Patient in Operating Room: Light Blue
    • Surgery Started: Light Green
    • Surgery Finished: Dark Green
    • Patient out of Operating Room: Dark Blue
  • PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit) – the recovery area
    • In PACU (Recovery): Yellow

To learn more about Makin’ Trax, talk to the Surgical Services staff by calling 595-4310 or 595-2881.

Your child's case number is ___________.


This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.

St. Jude complies with health care-related federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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