72 - Education for Parental Presence in the Pediatric Operating Room
Description: • Description of teamMy Team consists of two OR Registered Nurses in collaboration with the OR Medical Director and preoperative staff with diverse experience and knowledge of various degrees of the operating room as well as other nursing roles. • Preparation and planningTeam will gather data of education given to parents. Based on current educational data, we will then develop information that is easy to understand and retain in what to expect when accompanying their child into the operating room. Some information is given when the patient is scheduled, which could be months before their surgery. Out method is to delivery this information day of surgery to help them better understand the processes ahead and be there to answer any questions they may have. We aim to place the patients focus more on the child’s comfort than ‘what is happening to them’. • AssessmentTeam will assess parent’s knowledge of details that entails parental presence and what to expect. They will be provided new education material and asked if there is anything they do not understand and have any further questions on. • ImplementationTeam will implement new education process regarding parental presence in the operating room for parents. This will be presented while in the preoperative area right before surgery. By presenting and reeducating, parents will have a better understanding of what to expect when accompanying their child to the operating room in a detailed manner • OutcomeParents will not feel caught off guard by the effects the anesthetics has on their child. They will also feel confident in being a source of comfort for the child during induction.Parents will have a broader understanding of what to expect step by step once in the operating room. From the moment the patient lays on the operating room bed, and once the anesthetic has begun to be administered. Also, the parents will be more focused on the comfort of their child instead of the process that is happening. The education will help alleviate the feeling of not knowing what is happening to their child in those moments of induction. • Implications for perioperative nursingUpon completion of this clinical improvement project, the perioperative team will be able to implement more efficient and effective parental presence education to patients and families. Conclusively, parents/guardians will be more educated approaching the operating room and what to expect within. This will allow for a more sense of comfort between patient and families in this unfamiliar situation.