How play specialists can reduce use of anaesthesia during radiotherapy
Penelope Hart-Spencer Play specialist and paediatric support co-ordinator, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester
Amanda Griffiths Consultant paediatric anaesthetist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester
Penelope Hart-Spencer and Amanda Griffiths explain why avoiding the use of general anaesthetic during treatment is better for children and more cost effective for the NHS
Radiotherapy practice is complex and daunting for children. With the support of a health play specialist, children are able to have their treatment without the use of a general anaesthetic. Children are taught about the radiotherapy treatment process and prepared for each step of the treatment pathway. Existing fears are worked through and eliminated, and trust and rapport is built between the child and the health play specialist.
Treatment that does not involve the use of a general anaesthetic is not only better for children’s wellbeing and daily routines, but also more cost effective for NHS trusts.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 14, 10, 16-20. doi: 10.7748/cnp.14.10.16.s20Correspondence
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Received: 10 August 2015
Accepted: 05 November 2015