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Preoperative Anxiety in Pediatric Population: Anesthesiologist"s Nightmare

Sandeep Kumar Kar, Tanmoy Ganguly, Chaitali Sen Dasgupta and Anupam Goswami

Surgery in a child is one of the most important events of its life. Exposure to hospital environment including operating room away from own area of comfort, meeting with new peoples and visualising sick people in agony creates a signaificant impact on a child’s mind. Any unfavourable experience in this circumstance not only creates a fear towards medical systems for the lifetime but also sometimes lead to serious psychological consequences like post-traumatic stress disorders. The perioperative period is particularly important in this scenario because it is very difficult to manage an anxious and fearful child posted for surgery. It is of utmost importance that the antianxiety measures should start immediately after admission to avoid such a scenario and the anaesthesiologists have a crucial role in it.