More overweight/obese children having outpatient surgery -- Are you prepared?

May 2007
Same-Day Surgery;May2007, Vol. 31 Issue 5, p53
Academic Journal
The percentage of pediatric patients who are overweight or obese is increasing, along with the prevalence of conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea. • Perform the preoperative screening for these patients several days before surgery so the most appropriate surgical setting can be identified. • Hypertension and diabetes must be controlled beforehand. Know that sleep apnea may be undiagnosed and may cause difficulty with preoperative sedation. • Appropriate drug dosing is difficult. • Initially after surgery, the biggest challenge is making sure the patient is breathing adequately after extubation.


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