evidence and practice
Treatment and management of seven children with fractured femurs experiencing night terrors in hospital: a case study
Andrew Gardner Lecturer, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
This article reports on seven cases of night terror disorder in children with no previous history of parasomnias, or night time disturbance. All children were admitted to a metropolitan children’s hospital with a traumatic fracture of the femur and treated with Thomas’ traction splint, a phenomenon not previously reported in the literature. The characteristic presentation of a night terror is described and a strategy for immediate nursing management of a night terror is suggested. Various forms of projective play therapy as a safe short-term treatment are described to assist children with night terror disorder.
Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2019.e1147Peer review
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Gardner A (2019) Treatment and management of seven children with fractured femurs experiencing night terrors in hospital: a case study. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2019.e1147
Published online: 25 February 2019