A snapshot of children's postoperative tonsillectomy outcomes at home

Myra Martz Huth, Marion English Broome

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-195
Number of pages10
JournalJournal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007


  • Home
  • Nursing care
  • Pain
  • Pain management
  • Parent
  • Pediatric
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Tonsillectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics

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