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NURS 2410 Unit 5 Metro Community College Nancy Pares, RN, MSN
Informed Consent Healthcare provider must obtain Must be obtained for invasive procedures and some medical treatments May be delayed in emergency situations
Nurse’s role in obtaining informed consent Assess and document Review rights of minors Develop therapeutic relationship Verify prior consent Serve as witness
Minor Defined by Individual State Laws Until the person reaches age of adult based on state law, parent or guardian must provide informed consent. Parent or guardians have ultimate decision, with some exceptions.
Minors May Give Informed Consent in Certain Circumstances Emancipated minor Minor is parent of a child receiving treatment
Children Should Be Given Age-Appropriate Information Assent and preference by child should be obtained
Advances in Medical Treatment Ability to save lives of severely impaired infants Genetic testing Gene therapy
Ethical Guidelines Define Evaluate Identify Apply principles Make decisions
Increase in Ethical Issues and Decisions Nurses use four ethical principles – Beneficence – Nonmaleficence – Autonomy – Justice
Healthcare Institutions and Ethics Committees Ethics committees resolve conflicts and make recommendations
Verbal Communication Verbal and written words, vocalizations – Speaking to another – Writing a letter – Crying, laughing Influenced by development and cognitive level
Verbal Communication Influenced by culture How does the nurse use verbal communication in nursing care?
Nonverbal Communication Forms of Nonverbal Communication – Paralanguage – Gestures – Touch – Personal space – Facial expression – Body language – Eye contact
Nonverbal Communication Forms of Nonverbal Communication – Physical appearance – Facial Expression – Ambiguity Influence of development and cognitive level Influence of context—what is the situation? Influence of culture – Congruence between verbal and nonverbal message
Figure 6-1 The nurse is sending a message to the older child, the receiver. Notice the nonverbal communication expressed by the young girl. What message is she communicating? How should the nurse respond?
Figure 6-2 Facial expressions are a powerful means of communication. What does this child’s facial expression convey? What actions can the nurse take to reduce her distress?
Forms of Nonverbal Communication How should nonverbal communication be applied to nursing care?
Influence of Physical and Psychosocial Factors on Communication Process Physical factors—language, gender, environment Psychosocial factors—culture, health status, emotions, space, and time
Influence of Language Issues Language and linguistic differences and expectations Medical terminology and medical jargon Nursing strategies to minimize language barriers
Influence of Gender Prior experiences Expectations of women and men Cultural influences Nursing strategies to minimize gender barriers
Influence of Environment Environmental factors Comfort Privacy Nursing strategies to minimize environmental barriers
Influence of Health Status Physical condition Emotional responses Need for information Nursing strategies to minimize barriers
Application to Nursing Care Individualized approach Caring – The nurse’s emotional investment in the child and family – Evokes a feeling of security and comfort Caring environment needed for communication
Application to Nursing Care Empathy – Ability to perceive another person’s experience – Empathetic behaviors and expressions enhance communication
Considerations for Communication with Children Developmental level Skills Language development Cognitive development Emotional/personality development
Newborns Primary mode of communication is nonverbal Express self through crying Respond to human voice and presence Touch has a positive effect Nursing strategies include: encourage parent to touch infant
Infants Communication is still primarily nonverbal Begin verbal communication with vocalizations Communicate through crying, facial expression Attentive to human voice and presence although no comprehension of words
Infants Respond to touch through patting, rocking, stroking Nursing strategies include: speak in high- pitched voice, cuddle, pat, rub to calm
Toddlers and Preschoolers Evolving verbal skills Use of language to express thoughts – Greater receptive than expressive language – Concrete and literal thinking,may misinterpret phrases – Vocabulary depends on development and family’s use – May ask many questions (preschooler)
Toddlers and Preschoolers Short attention span Limited memory Cognitive development – Egocentric – Magical thinking – Animism
Toddlers and Preschoolers Nonverbal communication – Express self through dramatic play and drawing Nursing strategies
School-Age Children Cognitive development now able to use logic – Begin to understand others’ viewpoints – Begin to understand cause-effect – Understanding of body functions
School-Age Children Verbal communication – Vocabulary is large – Receptive and expressive language balanced – Misinterpretations of phrases still common Nonverbal communication – Can interpret nonverbal messages – Expression of thoughts and feelings
Adolescents Abstract thinking without full adult comprehension Interpretation of medical terminology is limited Drive for independence
Adolescents Trust and understanding build rapport Need for privacy Nursing strategies include: straightforward approach, talk in private area
Communicating with Children Who Have Physical and Developmental Disabilities If unable to communicate,may feel helplessness, fear, anxiety Family may become anxious Strategies – Nonverbal—use gestures, picture boards, writing tablets – Communication augmentation—system of head nods, eye blinks
Communicating with Children Who Have Altered Vision Approach to child—identify self as you enter room, announce departure Orient child to objects in room Speak before touching Explain any unfamiliar sounds
Communicating with Children Who Have Altered Hearing Approach to child—face child when speaking, enter room slowly Assess degree of impairment—may need interpreter
Communicating with Non-English- Speaking Children Cultural implications—need to develop plan of care in respect of culture Use of interpreters – Family—could result in errors and inconsistency – Use professional translators trained for patient encounters Other strategies include: communication with pictures, speaking in normal tone
Communication Assessment for Child and Family Development Language Physical skills Culture Barriers
Figure 6-4 Most hospitals have designated interpreters that you should use. If not available, find a professional interpreter whom you have identified beforehand and who knows medical terms and the cultural norms of the family. The interpreter should be positioned to improve communication. Maintain eye contact with the parent or patient, not the interpreter. To ensure confidentiality of information for parents, avoid using a family member for history taking.
Planning and Implementation Promote therapeutic nurse–child–family relationship Promote effective therapeutic communication
Planning and Implementation Components – Provide appropriate environment – Establish trust – Maintain confidentiality – Convey respect Use therapeutic communication skills
Planning and Implementation Alternate techniques – Play – Art – Journaling – Storytelling – Bibliotherapy – Appropriate use of humor
Evaluation of Outcomes Use of effective techniques Establishment of therapeutic relationship Recognize and respond to child’s and family’s themes
Communication as a Cornerstone of History Taking Importance of rapport – What is rapport? – How do you establish rapport? With parents? With children?
Strategies to Facilitate Rapport and Data Collection Introduction Purpose of interview Use of open- and closed-ended questions Timing of questions Nonverbal communication Observations Honesty Language
Figure 7-1 Observe the behavior of children and family members while you are collecting historical and physiologic data.
Components of Health History General information about the patient – Demographic – Emergency contact information – Historical Physiological data Psychosocial data
Physiological Data Chief complaint (CC) History of present illness (HPI)
Psychosocial Data Family composition Home environment, housing, neighborhood School or childcare Daily routines
Psychosocial Data Changes in family or family life since last healthcare encounter – Separation, divorce, or death of a parent – Who lives in the household? Age-specific issues – Newborns – Adolescents
Psychosocial Data Developmental status, history, and patterns – Motor – Cognitive – Language – Social
Facilitating Examination of Infants Praise parental presence and responses Promote physical comfort and relaxation Distract infant with colorful toys Auscultate when quiet or sleeping Do procedures that provoke crying at end of exam
Facilitating Examination of Toddlers Parent’s lap Play Security object Instruments Control and choice
Facilitating Examination of Preschoolers Sequence Games and activities Demonstrate and let them touch instruments Distraction
Facilitating Examination of Older Children and Adolescents Ensure modesty and privacy Offer choices Explain body parts and functions Decide on parental presence or absence Consider need for nonparent chaperones Reassure adolescents of normalcy
Physiologic differences in children may produce normal variations in physical assessment Head Chest Abdomen Spine Skin imperfections
Figure 7-8 Mongolian spots are large patches of bluish skin often seen on the buttocks. They are a normal occurrence in a large majority of Native American, Asian, Black, and Hispanic infants, but are sometimes mistaken for bruises.
General Appraisal Appearance Behavior Interaction with parents Interaction with examiner
Figure 7-4 Measuring infant length. Have an assistant hold the infant’s head in the midline while you gently push down on the knees until the legs are straight. Position the heels of the feet on the footboard, and record the length to the nearest 0.5 cm or 1/4 inch.
Anthropometric Measurements Height – After age 2 years – Stadiometer
Anthropometric Measurements Weight – Infant scale Kilograms, grams, and pounds and ounces – Standing scale – Diapers and clothing
Figure 7-6 Measuring head circumference. Wrap the tape around the head at the supraorbital prominence, above the ears, and around the occipital prominence, the point of largest circumference of the head.
Anthropometric Measurements Centimeters and inches – Paper tape – Measure twice – Up to age 2 to 3 years – Around supraorbital and occipital prominences
Anthropometric Measurements Body mass index – Less than 5th percentile – Greater than 85th percentile – Greater than 95th percentile – Calculation: weight in kg/m 2 of height
Figure 7-14 Draw an imaginary line down the middle of the face over the nose and compare the features on each side. Significant asymmetry may be caused by paralysis of cranial nerve V or VII, in utero positioning, or swelling from infection, allergy, or trauma.
Figure 7-13 The sutures are fibrous connections between the bones of the skull that have not yet ossified. The fontanels are formed at the intersection of these sutures where bone has not yet formed. Fontanels are covered by tough membranous tissue that protects the brain. The posterior fontanel closes between 2 and 3 months after birth. The anterior fontanel and sutures are palpable up to the age of 18 months. The suture lines of the skull are seldom palpated after 2 years of age. After that time, the sutures rarely separate.
Figure 7-16 Draw an imaginary line across the medial canthi and extend it to each side of the face to identify the slant of the palpebral fissures. When the line crosses the lateral canthi, the palpebral fissures are horizontal and no slant is present. When the lateral canthi fall above the imaginary line, the eyes have an upward slant. A downward slant is present when the lateral canthi fall below the imaginary line. Epicanthal folds are present when an extra fold of skin partially or completely covers the caruncles in the medial canthi. What type of slant does this child have? Are epicanthal folds present?
Figure 7-17 The eyes of this boy with Down syndrome show an upward slant.
Figure 7-18 Inspection of the extraocular movements. Have the child sit at your eye level. Hold a toy or penlight about 30 cm (12 in.) from the child’s eyes and move it in all six directions indicated. Both eyes should move together, tracking the object.
Eyes Inspection – Strabismus Light reflex Cover-uncover test
Figure 7-19 Cover–uncover test. With the child at your eye level, ask the child to look at a picture on the wall. A, As you cover one eye with an index card or paper cup, observe for any movement of the uncovered eye. If it jumps to fixate on the picture, the uncovered eye has a muscle weakness. B, As you remove the cover from the eye, observe the covered eye for any movement to fixate on the picture. If an eye has a muscle weakness, it will drift to a relaxed position when covered.
Eyes Vision – Infant tracking – Age-appropriate tests of visual acuity Fundoscopy – Red reflex – Internal structures
Genitalia and Perineal Areas Positioning Timing in examination Females Males Anus and rectum
Genitalia and Perineal Areas Puberty and sexual maturation – Females – Males Tanner Scale – Sexual maturity rating (SMR)
Musculoskeletal System Inspection Palpation Range of motion Muscle strength
Figure 7-54 Inspection of the spine for scoliosis. Ask the child to slowly bend forward at the waist, with arms extended toward the floor. Run your forefinger down the spinal processes, palpating each vertebra for a change in alignment. A lateral curve to the spine or a one-sided rib hump is an indication of scoliosis.
Musculoskeletal System Posture and spinal alignment
Figure 7-52 Normal development of posture and spinal curves. A, Infant 2 to 3 months—Holds head erect when held upright; thoracic kyphosis when sitting.
Figure 7-52 (continued) Normal development of posture and spinal curves. B, 6 to 8 months—Sits without support; spine is straight.
Figure 7-52 (continued) Normal development of posture and spinal curves. C, 10 to 15 months— Walks independently; straight spine.
Figure 7-52 (continued) Normal development of posture and spinal curves. D, Toddler—Protuding abdomen; lumbar lordosis.
Figure 7-52 (continued) Normal development of posture and spinal curves. E, School-age child—Height of shoulders and hips is level; balanced thoracic convex and lumbar concave curves.
Figure 7-53 Does this child have legs of different lengths or scoliosis? Look at the level of the iliac crests and shoulders to see if they are level. See the more prominent crease at the waist on the right side? This child could have scoliosis.
Musculoskeletal System Upper extremities – Shoulders – Arms and elbows – Hands and wrist
Figure 7-55 (continued) B, Transverse crease associated with Down syndrome. Source: Photo B from Zitelli, B. J., & Davis, H. W. (Eds.). (2002). Atlas of pediatric physical diagnosis (4th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby-Year Book.
Musculoskeletal System Lower extremities – Hips
Figure 7-56 Flex the infant’s hips and knees so the heels are as close to the buttocks as possible. Place the feet flat on the examining table. The knees are usually the same height. A difference in knee height (Allis sign) is an indicator of hip dislocation (see also Chapter 35). Source: Courtesy of Dee Corbett, RN, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC.
Figure 7-57 Ortolani-Barlow maneuver. A, Place the infant on his or her back and flex the hips and knees at a 90-degree angle. Place a hand over each knee with the thumb over the inner thigh, and the first two fingers over the upper margin of the femur. Move the infant’s knees together until they touch, and then put downward pressure on one femur at a time to see if the hips easily slip out of their joints or dislocate.
Figure 7-57 (continued) Ortolani-Barlow maneuver. B, Slowly abduct the hips, moving each knee toward the examining table. Keep pressure on the hip joints with the fingers in a lever-type motion. Equal hip abduction, with the knees nearly touching the examining table, is normal. Any resistance to abduction or a clunk felt on palpation can be an indication of a congenital hip dislocation.
Musculoskeletal System Lower extremities – Legs and knees – Feet and ankles
Figure 7-58 To evaluate the child with knock-knees, have the child stand on a firm surface. Measure the distance between the ankles when the child stands with the knees together. The normal distance is not more than 5 cm (2 in.) between the ankles.
Nervous System Cognitive functioning – Behavior – Communication skills – Memory – Level of consciousness
Nervous System Cerebellar function – Balance – Coordination – Locomotion, gait
Secondary Sex Characteristics Onset of secondary sex characteristics vary Sexual maturity rating (SMR) – Females: average of breast and pubic hair development – Males: average of genital and pubic hair development
Secondary Sex Characteristics Tanner stages: rating between 2–5, stage 1 is prepubertal Inspection and palpation to assign a tanner stage
Analyzing Health Assessment Findings Identify normal findings Identify abnormal findings – Sort normal from abnormal findings – Group normal and abnormal findings together – Recognize patterns from normal and abnormal findings – Identify health concerns, problems, conditions
Planning and Implementation Appropriate referral for treatment Determination of nursing diagnoses based on health assessment findings Collaboration with child, family, other healthcare providers to develop goals Identification and implementation of appropriate interventions
Assessment of the Newly Born Transition to extrauterine life – Initiation of respirations – Transition from fetal to adult circulation
Immediate Assessment After Birth Physiologic condition and needs Resuscitation Apgar score – Adaptation to extrauterine life – 1 and 5 minute score – Apgar criteria
Gestational Age Assessment Ballard gestational age assessment tool – Physical characteristics Skin Lanugo Plantar surfaces
Figure 7-75 Ballard scoring system to assess gestational maturity. Source: Reprinted from Ballard, J. L., Khoury, J. C., Wang, L., Eilers-Walsmann, B. L., & Lipp, R. (1991). New Ballard score, expanded to include extremely premature infants. Journal of Pediatrics, 119 (3), 417–423. Used with permission from Elsevier. Copyright Elsevier, 1991.
Figure 7-64 Sole creases. A, At a gestational age of approximately 35 weeks, the newborn has few sole creases only on the anterior portion of the foot.
Figure 7-64 (continued) Sole creases. B, At term, the newborn has deep creases down to and including the heel as the skin loses fluid and dries after birth.
Gestational Age Assessment Ballard gestational age assessment tool – Physical characteristics Breasts
Figure 7-65 Breast tissue. To assess breast tissue, gently compress the tissue between the middle and index fingers and measure the tissue in millimeters. A, At a gestational age of 38 weeks, the newborn has a visible raised area that is 4 mm in diameter on palpation.
Figure 7-65 (continued) Breast tissue. To assess breast tissue, gently compress the tissue between the middle and index fingers and measure the tissue in millimeters. B, At a gestational age of 40 to 44 weeks, the newborn has 10 mm breast tissue.
Gestational Age Assessment Ballard gestational age assessment tool – Physical characteristics Ear cartilage and eyelid fusion
Gestational Age Assessment Ballard gestational age assessment tool – Physical characteristics Genitals
Gestational Age Assessment Ballard gestational age assessment tool – Neuromuscular characteristics Posture
Figure 7-69 Resting posture. A, At a gestational age of approximately 31 weeks, there is extension of the upper extremities and beginning flexion of the thighs.
Figure 7-69 (continued) Resting posture. B, At term, the newborn exhibits hypertonic flexion of all extremities.
Gestational Age Assessment Ballard gestational age assessment tool – Neuromuscular characteristics Square window
Figure 7-70 Square window sign. A, At approximately 28 to 32 weeks’ gestation, the angle is 90 degrees.
Figure 7-70 (continued) Square window sign. B, At a gestational age of approximately 39 to 40 weeks, the angle is commonly 30 degrees.
Gestational Age Assessment Ballard gestational age assessment tool – Neuromuscular characteristics Arm recoil
Figure 7-71 Elicit the arm recoil by flexing the arms at the elbows to the chest for 5 seconds. A, Then extend the arms at the elbows.
Figure 7-71 (continued) Elicit the arm recoil by flexing the arms at the elbows to the chest for 5 seconds. B, Release the arms to see the amount of recoil. In healthy newborns, the angle of flexion is usually less than 90 degrees followed by rapid recoil to the flexed position.
Gestational Age Assessment Ballard gestational age assessment tool – Neuromuscular characteristics Popliteal angle
Figure 7-72 To assess the popliteal angle, flex and hold the thigh to the abdomen while extending the leg at the knee.
Gestational Age Assessment Ballard gestational age assessment tool – Neuromuscular characteristics Scarf sign
Figure 7-73 Scarf sign. A, Until approximately 30 weeks’ gestation, the elbow moves past midline with no resistance.
Figure 7-73 (continued) Scarf sign. B, The elbow will not reach midline after 40 weeks’ gestation.
Gestational Age Assessment Ballard gestational age assessment tool – Neuromuscular characteristics Heel-to-ear extension
Figure 7-74 Heel-to-ear scoring. Move the infant’s foot as near to the head or ear as possible and determine the distance between the heel and head.
Size for Age Small for gestational age Appropriate for gestational age Large for gestational age Growth curves Accuracy of anthropometric measures in newborns
Figure 7-76 Measuring the length of the newborn.
General Appearance and Behaviors Head/body ratio Position Motor activity Cry
General Appearance and Behaviors Vital signs – Thermoregulation – Respirations – Pulse – Blood pressure
Physical Assessment of Newborn Skin – Peeling – Lanugo – Normal color variations – Jaundice – Common alterations
Physical Assessment of Newborn Head – Molding – Caput succedaneum
Figure 7-78 Caput succedaneum. Following vaginal birth, some newborns develop swelling and a collection of serous fluid in the scalp due to birth trauma. The swelling often crosses the suture lines.
Physical Assessment of Newborn Head – Cephalohematoma – Sutures – Fontanels – Symmetry
Figure 7-79 Cephalhematoma. Following vaginal birth, some newborns develop a collection of blood between the surface of the cranial bone and the periosteal membrane due to birth trauma. The swelling is usually confined to one cranial bone and does not cross the suture lines. Source: Photo from Zitelli, B. J. & Davis, H. W. (Eds.). (2007). Atlas of pediatric physical diagnosis (5th ed., p. 42, Fig. 2-30). From: Anonymous (2006). Cephalhematoma, Consultant for pediatricians, 5(7), 444. Reprinted with permission. Copyright Elsevier, 2007.
Physical Assessment of Newborn Eyes – Chemical conjunctivitis – Blink reflex – Red reflex vs. opacities – Sclerae – Tracking – Doll’s eye phenomenon
Physical Assessment of Newborn Ears – Position – Skin lesions or tags – Hearing Nose – Appearance – Patency of nares – Flaring
Physical Assessment of Newborn Heart – Location of apical impulse – Murmurs – Pulses Abdomen – Appearance – Bowel sounds – Umbilicus and umbilical cord
Physical Assessment of Newborn Genitalia and anus – Appearance and relation to gestational age – Females—vaginal discharge – Males—penis, urethra, testes – Patency of anus Stooling pattern Anal wink
Physical Assessment of Newborn Extremities – Deformities – Injuries – Developmental hip dysplasia Symmetry of creases Allis sign Barlow-Ortolani maneuver
Physical Assessment of Newborn Spine – Muscle strength and position – Head control Neurological system – Alertness – Posture – Protective reflexes – Primitive reflexes
Health/Illness Understanding: Toddler/Preschooler Sees illness as punishment – Has incorrect cause-and-effect perceptions – Begins to understand concept of germs Knows outside body-part names – Has vague knowledge of internal organs
Health/Illness Understanding: School-age Knows cause and effect of illness Beginning understanding of body functions Older school age can understand explanations
Health/Illness Understanding: Adolescents Understands complex nature of illness – Multiple causes and effects – Knows location and function of major organs Concerned with – Effects of illness on appearance – Body image
Stages of Separation Anxiety Protest – Screaming, crying, clinging – Resists attempts to comfort Despair – Sad, withdrawn, quiet – Cries when parents return
Stages of Separation Anxiety Denial – Protest subsides, shows interest in setting – Appears happy and content
Illness/Hospitalization Effects Separation – All ages affected Fear of the unknown – Injections, blood, being touched by strangers – Pain, disfigurement, invasive procedures, death Loss of control – Mobility, autonomy, privacy
Adaptation to Hospitalization Assess family – Roles, knowledge, support systems Planned hospitalization – Tours, videos, books to prepare Unplanned hospitalization – Great stress on child and family – Siblings may feel guilt, fear, or neglect
Sibling Reactions Depend on – Age – Developmental level – Perception and severity of illness – Prior experience and coping – Knowledge and understanding of illness
Strategies for siblings Honesty Reassurance: they did nothing wrong to cause the illness Allow questions and discussion of feelings Encourage visits: prepare patient and siblings to minimize adverse reactions
Stress Reduction: The 4 Rs Recreation: toys, games, activities, physical activity Rest: calm, quiet; bedtime rituals Relationships: family members, siblings, peers, support groups Routines: follow normal routine, provide transition objects, provide consistent caregivers
Enhancing Hospitalization Rooming in – 24/7 parental visitation/family time – Parental involvement with care Communication – Phones, beepers, location of family members – Contact for change in condition, procedures – Education
Minimizing Stressors Maximize control – Give choices – Encourage independence Therapeutic play – Address fears, concerns Therapeutic recreation – Interactive activities
Nursing Care Focus Minimize fears and anxieties Incorporate familiar routines into hospitalization Support family and loved ones Minimize loss of control; promote autonomy
Preparation for Procedures Assessment – Knowledge and previous experiences – Developmental age – Coping abilities – Feelings: fears, concerns
Preparation for Procedures Communication based on developmental level – Clear – Honest – Age appropriate
Psychological Preparation Assess: knowledge, perception, and feelings – Purpose – Past experience – Will it be painful? – Coping techniques – Will parents be present?
Psychological Preparation Communication – Use understandable language – Gear to cognitive level and past experience – Share ways to cope during the procedure
Parental Presence Physical preparation Depends on age and procedure NPO? Procedural checklist Pain management
Child Life Programs Focus on psychosocial needs Age-appropriate play Medical play/acting out procedures Therapeutic play Dramatic play
Techniques for Therapeutic Play Storytelling Drawings, body outlines Music, tape-recorded messages Puppetry Dramatic play Animal-assisted therapy
Special Units and Types of Care General pediatric units Emergency department (ED) Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), or special care units Preoperative and postoperative units, post- anesthesia care units (PACU)
Special Units and Types of Care Short-stay, outpatient, or ambulatory surgical units Isolation Rehabilitation
Parental Involvement and Presence Provides feelings of control Prepares family for care required at home Reduces emotional stress and anxiety Promotes feelings of value, worth, and competence to care for their child Promotes parents feeling fully informed, trust of nursing staff
Discharge Considerations Family ability to provide care – Equipment, training Financial burdens Educational needs – Parent teaching – Return to schoolwork
Preparation for Home Care Plans for school, recovery, adaptation – Individualized education plan (IEP) – Individualized transition plan (ITP) Prepare the family – Procedures, medications, emergencies Prepare parents to act as case managers
Preparation for Surgery Preoperative – Teach purpose, sensations – Allow transition objects: teddy bears, blankets – Parental presence during anesthesia induction
Table 22-1 (continued) The Child’s Developmental Understanding of Death, Potential Behaviors, and Nursing Considerations
Sources of Loss for Children Parent Grandparent Friend Pets or objects Loss of an aspect of self Loss of an object or pet Separation from an accustomed environment
Sources of Loss for Children Losses not directly related to the child – Crime – Disasters – Terror attacks
Factors Affecting a Child’s Response to Loss Cultural traditions and practices Religion and spirituality Social support systems
Communicating with the Dying Child Promote open communication Struggle with emotions is common Identify what is known, how much child wants to know Listen and give support
Withdrawing or Withholding Treatment Decision is extremely difficult Parents or nurses may feel that aggressive therapies extend child’s suffering
Parental Refusal of Treatment Parents and healthcare providers may disagree regarding interventions Refusal may be based on religious beliefs or desire to provide peaceful death Technical interventions may cause emotional stress to parents
Parental Refusal of Treatment Court interventions may be used Consultation with hospital ethics committee
End-of-Life Decisions Palliative care—an approach to improve QOL Hospice care—care focusing on ensuring comfort Do Not Resuscitate request Tissue and organ donation Autopsy
Informing Parents of a Child’s Prognosis or Death Privacy Body language Social support Response to emotions Timing
Physiological Changes in the Dying Child Illness- or injury-dependent changes
Physiological Changes in the Dying Child Universal changes – Cardiovascular system – Respiratory system – Neurological system – Musculoskeletal system – Renal system – Altered nutrition – Fluid and electrolyte imbalance
Assessment of the Dying Child and Family Fears and concerns Coping skills Awareness – Closed awareness – Mutual pretense – Open awareness Spiritual needs
Nursing Diagnosis for the Dying Child and Family Fear Hopelessness Risk for caregiver role strain Interrupted family processes Anticipatory grieving
Planning and Implementation Goal setting Competencies for high-quality end-of-life care
Planning and Implementation Special concerns – Pain management – Trust – Anger – Education – Desired religious or cultural practices
Arrange for Parents and Others to Say Good-bye Allow as much time as needed for farewells Provide privacy
Provide Mementos Save clothing and personal items Collect footprints, locks of hair, and so on Preserve the last clothes worn in a sealed bag to retain the child’s scent
Postmortem Care Identify and implement any religious or cultural practices desired by the family Clean and position the body
Psychosocial Support Help parents predict when they may expect increased grief Remind parents to care for themselves mentally and physically Tell parents that people progress through grief at different rates
Psychosocial Support Remind parents that grief puts a tremendous stress on relationships Encourage parents to provide for ongoing support of siblings Arrange for continued follow-up for families after the acute period of grief
Nurses Who Work with Dying Children May Feel: Helpless That they failed the dying child Sad Grief
Stress Management Special preparation is required for the nurse – Mentorship with hospice nurse – Debriefing sessions with mental health professional