A snapshot of children's postoperative tonsillectomy outcomes at home

Journal Article

PURPOSE: To describe home outcomes of pain, medication use, fluid intake, and emesis 24 hr after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. The theory of unpleasant symptoms provided a conceptualizing framework. DESIGN AND METHODS: A secondary analysis was conducted. Outcomes for 76 children were recorded on a home diary that included: self-reported pain, analgesic use, fluids ingested, and emesis. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used. RESULTS: Children reported moderate pain. Children who received analgesics received less than recommended standards. Only 11% of the children drank the recommended fluids, and 31% of the children vomited at home. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Parents need to become partners in pain management. Recommend multimodal discharge teaching and follow-up phone call at home to ensure adequate analgesic administration and fluid intake.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Huth, MM; Broome, ME

Published Date

  • 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 /

Start / End Page

  • 186 - 195

PubMed ID

  • 17594298

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1539-0136

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2007.00111.x