Korean J Anesthesiol.  2005 May;48(5):459-462. 10.4097/kjae.2005.48.5.459.

Response of Preoperative Anesthetic Explanation to Parents or Guardians for Elective Surgery Planned Children

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. dami0605@snu.ac.kr

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Pre-anesthesia information of pediatric patients is usually conducted to their parents and sometimes inadequate information makes the parents very anxious about anesthesia. We designed this study to evaluate the response of pediatric patients' parents to pre-anesthesia information.
METHODS
The data was collected based on the answers of 432 parents of pediatric patients to receive general anesthesia for elective surgery. The age of patient is under 17. At the day of admission they were received an explanatory pamphlet. Before the day of surgery, an anesthesiologist visited them and explained about conduct of general anesthesia and its possible complication. After the surgery, we asked the to answer the questionnaire.
RESULTS
Eighty-five percent of the parents had informed about anesthesia and fifity-three percent of them were satisfied about the explanation. Eighty percent of the parents answered their anxiety about general anesthesia wasn't increased after the information and fifty percent of parents answered that it is necessary to tell the plain explanation about general anesthesia to pediatric patients.
CONCLUSIONS
We concluded that pre-anesthetic information is useful to reduce the anxiety of pediatric patients' parents also we got information about what the parents wanted to know about the anesthesia and changes after anesthesia.

Keyword

anxiety; children; preoperative explanation

MeSH Terms

Anesthesia
Anesthesia, General
Anxiety
Child*
Humans
Pamphlets
Parents*
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