Evaluation and preparation of pediatric patients undergoing anesthesia

Lynda J. Means, Lynne R. Ferrari, Quentin A. Fisher, Harry Kingston, Mark S. Schreiner

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The preparation of a child who is about to undergo surgery or anesthesia involves the child's family, primary care physician, anesthesiologist, surgeon, and, many times, other specialists. Communication among the individuals caring for the patient is paramount for the smoothest perioperative course. Established lines of communication permit the efficient and meaningful transfer of patient information and provide the most efficient means of informing the patient about necessary procedures. Familiarity with operating room and day surgery unit policies (eg, NPO guidelines, arrival times, and preoperative educational programs) helps alleviate patient and parent anxiety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)502-508
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1996
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Means, L. J., Ferrari, L. R., Fisher, Q. A., Kingston, H., & Schreiner, M. S. (1996). Evaluation and preparation of pediatric patients undergoing anesthesia. Pediatrics, 98(3), 502-508.