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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/162063
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Making a Positive Impact on Children Preoperatively
Author(s):
Freigang, Judith
Author Details:
Judith Freigang, MS, RN, Phoenix Children's Hospital Ambulatory Surgery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, email: judyfrei@yahoo.com
Abstract:
Poster presented at AORN's 58th Annual Congress: Surgery, planned or unexpected, can be a stressful time for children and families. Research has shown that children who are anxious before surgery are more likely to have a longer recovery process. Fear of the unknown is common, but making the surgical environment a non-threatening, friendly place can make the experience much easier. Preparing children for surgery can build trust in the hospital, doctors, and nurses, and communicating openly with children about their time in surgery can help to relieve some of their anxiety. The Phoenix Children's Hospital Ambulatory Surgery Center is a freestanding surgery center. Approximately 4,900 surgeries are performed yearly. Staff in both the pre-procedure and intraoperative areas observed apprehension in the children when being escorted from the child-friendly waiting room to the operating rooms. Hallways leading into the ORs were institutional and lacked warmth. The OR staff and physicians felt a friendlier and child-focused environment would alleviate some of the fears and apprehensions of the children. After discussion with the surgery center administrators, nursing staff, managers, and physicians, it was decided that decorating the hallways and OR suites with warm colors and using an animal theme would lead to a better outcome for the children by making the environment appearance less sterile and more child-friendly. The improved environment now assists the surgeons, anesthesiologists, and team members in providing a child friendly atmosphere, decreasing some of the anxiety associated with having a surgical procedure, and has led to a positive experience for the children.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2011
Conference Name:
AORN 58th Annual Congress
Conference Host:
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
Conference Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Description:
AORN 58th Annual Congress, 2011 held March 18, 2011 - March 24, 2011 in Philadelphia Convention Center
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleMaking a Positive Impact on Children Preoperativelyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFreigang, Judithen_US
dc.author.detailsJudith Freigang, MS, RN, Phoenix Children's Hospital Ambulatory Surgery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, email: judyfrei@yahoo.comen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/162063-
dc.description.abstractPoster presented at AORN's 58th Annual Congress: Surgery, planned or unexpected, can be a stressful time for children and families. Research has shown that children who are anxious before surgery are more likely to have a longer recovery process. Fear of the unknown is common, but making the surgical environment a non-threatening, friendly place can make the experience much easier. Preparing children for surgery can build trust in the hospital, doctors, and nurses, and communicating openly with children about their time in surgery can help to relieve some of their anxiety. The Phoenix Children's Hospital Ambulatory Surgery Center is a freestanding surgery center. Approximately 4,900 surgeries are performed yearly. Staff in both the pre-procedure and intraoperative areas observed apprehension in the children when being escorted from the child-friendly waiting room to the operating rooms. Hallways leading into the ORs were institutional and lacked warmth. The OR staff and physicians felt a friendlier and child-focused environment would alleviate some of the fears and apprehensions of the children. After discussion with the surgery center administrators, nursing staff, managers, and physicians, it was decided that decorating the hallways and OR suites with warm colors and using an animal theme would lead to a better outcome for the children by making the environment appearance less sterile and more child-friendly. The improved environment now assists the surgeons, anesthesiologists, and team members in providing a child friendly atmosphere, decreasing some of the anxiety associated with having a surgical procedure, and has led to a positive experience for the children.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T08:45:04Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T08:45:04Z-
dc.conference.date2011en_US
dc.conference.nameAORN 58th Annual Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostAssociation of periOperative Registered Nursesen_US
dc.conference.locationPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USAen_US
dc.descriptionAORN 58th Annual Congress, 2011 held March 18, 2011 - March 24, 2011 in Philadelphia Convention Centeren_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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