French scientists have shown that the effect of using iPad tablets children preoperatively as a diversion acts on them and their parents as well as the use of sedatives. In addition, significantly reduced time of onset of action and administered anesthesia.
The researchers compared the sedative effect of midazolam (used before general anesthesia) and the iPad for children 4 - 10 years.
During Randomized Study 54 children received midazolam (0.3 mg / kg), and each of the 58 children received the plate 20 minutes before anesthesia. independent psychologists Group assessed the level of anxiety of children 4 times: at the moment of hospital, separation from parents, at the time of induction of anesthesia.
State of the parents was measured at the same moments, except induction. The quality of anesthesia was assessed nurses on a scale of 0-10, where 0 - is not satisfactory, and 10 - excellent. Parents are also evaluated on the child's condition after 10tibalnoy scale anesthesia.
Summing up, the researchers found that the level of anxiety of parents and children are the same. On the quality of anesthesia a satisfactory rating had a group that used the iPad.
Dr. Chassard explains: "The anxiety of parents and children before anesthesia is equally high in both cases. However, upon induction with midazolam, she remained as high, whereas in the group with the iPad its performance declined, and parents and children. Thus, the use iPad and other devices can be regarded as non-pharmacological sedative in pediatric surgery. "
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