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 effects. This includes preparing the patient and family before anesthesia and educating them afterwards so they can return home safely.
- Describe situations requiring sedation and/or anesthesia for pediatric patients.
- Identify age-appropriate safety requirements, including a pre-procedure 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.
- Pre-procedure 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.
Note: This course is only available to staff at PLS Participating Hospitals through their Learning Management Systems.