Parents' experiences of their child's first anaesthetic in day surgery
2012 (English)In: British Journal of Nursing, ISSN 0966-0461, Vol. 21, no 20, 1204-1210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Parents play an important part in their child’s anaesthesia. When a child has to receive anaesthesia, it is of great importance that parents are there by his/her side as children depend on them for support. Many parents worry and experience fear before their child’s anaesthesia and studies show that there is a correlation between a worried parent and a worried child. Aim: The purpose of this study was to illustrate the meaning of being a parent at one’s child’s first anaesthesia in day surgery. Method: Six parents were interviewed and data were analysed using a descriptive qualitative approach inspired by phenomenology.Result: The phenomenon, ‘a child’s first anaesthesia in day surgery as experienced by parents’ is based on the following components: ambivalence between worry and relief, a feeling of losing control, needing to be prepared, being able to be present and a need of emotional support. Conclusion: Specific individually-adapted information with a compulsory preoperative visit, presence and participation from, if possible, both parents at their child’s anaesthesia but also designated staff from the anaesthetic team to focus solely on supporting the parents at their child’s anaesthesia induction can improve the conditions for security.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 21, no 20, 1204-1210 p.
Child anaesthesia, Day surgery, Experience, Parents, Phenomenology
Research subject Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-41265DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2012.21.20.1204OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-41265DiVA: diva2:797220