Archive January, 2009 X, No. 1

Letters & E-mails

Carrying children to PACU?

Is It OK to Carry Children to PACU?
Two anesthesia providers disagree over the safety of this practice.

Re:"Transport Children Just Like at Home" (November, page 16). I was quite surprised by Dr. O'Neill's comments about the transport of children. I consider his approach foolhardy. Anesthesia care must decrease risk to its smallest possible measure. Carrying a child in one's arms, no matter how comforting, only increases the risk at a time when responsive hands and free observation should be maximized. Although the risk is small, what if the provider slipped?

Robert McKennett, CRNA, MA, MSN, NEA
Bayhealth Medical Center
Dover, Del.
rmckennett@comcast.net

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