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Online ISSN 1827-1596
SMART 2002 Milan, May 29-31, 2002
ANESTHESIA IN PEDIATRICS
Bortone L., Picetti E.
Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria - Parma I Servizio di Anestesia e Rianimazione
40% to 60% of children undergoing surgery under general anaesthesia develop anxiety in the preoperative period. Multiple factors contribute to the genesis of this disorder. Preoperative anxiety may complicate the induction of anaesthesia and can cause behavioural modifications in children even long after surgical procedures have been completed. It is important to focus on prevention of such problems. A preparation program, premedication and parental presence during induction of anaesthesia are valid tools for achieving this goal. We are herewith presenting a play preparation program carried out by play specialists and offered to all children prior to surgery. This approach proved effective in reducing preoperative anxiety in children and their mothers.