• Fact Sheet
  • August 24, 2020

Caring for the Perianesthesia Patient PLS Course Detail

Pediatric patients from all areas of the hospital, including outpatient areas, require anesthesia for behavior modification, procedures, and surgeries. Perianesthesia nursing involves the care of patients who undergo anesthesia and recover from the anesthesia effects, including preparing the patient and family before anesthesia to educating them afterwards so they can return home safely. Learn more about this course below and see related courses on the Pediatric Learning Solutions Pediatric Acute Care Library page.


  • Describe situations requiring sedation and/or anesthesia for pediatric patients.
  • Identify age-appropriate safety requirements, including a preprocedure checklist for pediatric patients undergoing sedation and/or anesthesia.
  • Discuss essential components of the perianesthesia assessment.
  • Identify interventions to provide family-centered care.
  • Discuss post-procedure and discharge teaching.

Key Features

  • Preprocedure checklist including consent, history and physical, and abuse screening
  • Coverage of family-centered care, age-appropriate safety requirements, and discharge planning
  • Potential complications including malignant hypothermia, airway complications, and nausea and vomiting 
  • Scenario-based practice activities. 

Quick Facts

  • Course Released 2020.

NOTE: This course is only available to staff at PLS Participating Hospitals through their Learning Management Systems. If you are interested, please check with your organization’s learning staff or contact Patty Kohn to learn more.