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The Use of Tablet Computers to Reduce Preoperative Anxiety in Children Before Anesthesia: A Randomized Controlled Study.

J Perianesth Nurs 2021 Feb 23. Epub 2021 Feb 23.

Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, University Hospital Odense, Odense, Denmark; Department of Clinical Research - Anaesthesiology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

Purpose: Children undergoing surgery and general anesthesia often experience preoperative anxiety (POA) with related negative short-, medium- and long-term consequences. Anxiolytic premedication has negative side effects, and nonpharmacologic interventions are often resource demanding and not always readily available in a busy clinical setting. The use of an age-appropriate game on a tablet computer may reduce POA, postoperative pain, and occurrence of emergence delirium (ED). Read More

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February 2021
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