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Vol 44, No 3 (2012 Jul-Sep)
Review articles
Published online: 2012-10-22
Submitted: 2012-10-22
Accepted: 2012-10-22
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Management of perioperative stress in children and parents. Part I — The preoperative period

Jacek Litke, Agnieszka Pikulska, Tomasz Wegner
Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2012;44(3):165-169.

open access

Vol 44, No 3 (2012 Jul-Sep)
Review articles
Published online: 2012-10-22
Submitted: 2012-10-22
Accepted: 2012-10-22

Abstract

Hospitalisation and surgery are undoubtedly one of the most difficult experiences the children and their parents have to face. The lack of appropriately provided information about treatment and other hospitalization-related aspects increases anxiety and uncertainty. Besides showing sincere empathy, physicians working with paediatric patients should know the strategies to reduce perioperative stress in children and their families. The first part of our paper describes various well-tried methods of preoperative management, some of which can be applied before hospitalization. The crucial elements of such a strategy are to dissipate the emerging doubts by providing children and parents with relevant and understandable information and to familiarise them with the hospital setting.

Abstract

Hospitalisation and surgery are undoubtedly one of the most difficult experiences the children and their parents have to face. The lack of appropriately provided information about treatment and other hospitalization-related aspects increases anxiety and uncertainty. Besides showing sincere empathy, physicians working with paediatric patients should know the strategies to reduce perioperative stress in children and their families. The first part of our paper describes various well-tried methods of preoperative management, some of which can be applied before hospitalization. The crucial elements of such a strategy are to dissipate the emerging doubts by providing children and parents with relevant and understandable information and to familiarise them with the hospital setting.

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Keywords

perioperative medicine, surgery; surgery, anaesthesia, children; children, anxiety

About this article
Title

Management of perioperative stress in children and parents. Part I — The preoperative period

Journal

Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy

Issue

Vol 44, No 3 (2012 Jul-Sep)

Pages

165-169

Published online

2012-10-22

Bibliographic record

Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2012;44(3):165-169.

Keywords

perioperative medicine
surgery
surgery
anaesthesia
children
children
anxiety

Authors

Jacek Litke
Agnieszka Pikulska
Tomasz Wegner

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