Chinese Medicine Helping Kids Before Surgery
on: January 22, 2009, 7:40 am
Release Author: Arbor
Release Summary: CHINESE MEDICINE HELPING KIDS BEFORE SURGERY
Press Release Body: (SOUTHBURY, CT)—An ancient Chinese practice
is proving as effective as pre-surgery sedatives in reducing stress
levels in child patients undergoing anesthesia, according to doctors
at UC Irvine.
recent tests, doctors placed small plastic acupressure beads,
encased in an adhesive pad, on the Extra-1 acupoint between the
eyebrows of a test group of children prior to surgery. The effects
were dramatic, lowering stress and allowing the patients to avoid
the nausea and prolonged effects from anesthesia that the sedatives
The patients whose beads were
placed on the Extra-1 point showed a significant decrease in stress
levels as compared to no noticeable difference in a control group
that had the beads placed on a spot above the left eyebrow, not
known as an acupressure spot.
The successful use of the beads
to reduce stress is in keeping with the kind of treatment that
one anesthesiologist says can help to make recovery times shorter.
Armen Ketchedjian, author of the book Will it Hurt? A Parent’s
Practical Guide to Children’s Surgery, says that
pre-surgery anxiety has a negative effect on a child's body and
how it recovers from the stresses of surgery.
been shown that children that have lower stress levels prior to
surgery have better outcomes,” says Dr. Ketch,
as his patients call him. “It's absolutely critical
that parents contribute to this process by finding ways put their
kids at ease.”
In his book, Dr. Ketch emphasizes
the use of soothing words and honest communication as part of
the overall effort to keep children calm. Efforts that can include
acupressure beads or regular sedatives.
of the most important factors is the parent. If the parents are
stressed, the child is going to mirror that,” says
Dr. Ketch. “Parents can do their child
a great service by learning what they can about the surgery so
that their own fears are alleviated.”
Dr. Ketch hopes that his book
will contribute to increased attempts by surgeons and other caretakers
to reduce stress in pre-surgical patients. His advice includes:
Accompany your child into the operating room if allowed
¤ Taking advantage of any specially designed
waiting room that has a fish tank or toys for your child
¤ Making sure your child is well rested
and has followed the surgeon's pre-surgery instructions to the
¤ Bringing games or stuffed animals to
the hospital to help your child feel more at home
“Children are better off the more relaxed they are.
Anything that can be done to help them relax is a step in the
right direction, and I encourage parents to ask their doctors
about the day of the surgery and what can be done to provide for
their child's state of mind,” says Dr. Ketch.
it Hurt? helps educate parents about pediatric surgery.
It is an easy-to-read resource that will give you, your child
and your family the help and reassurance you need to make the
surgical experience as stress-free as possible.
Listed in The Guide to America’s
Top Anesthesiologists by the Consumer Research Council of America,
Dr. Ketch trained at Cornell Medical Center, with a fellowship
at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a pain management
elective at Boston Children’s Hospital. He has also worked
to help develop new techniques in ambulatory anesthesia, taught
medical students and residents, and cared for more than 10,000
Dr. Ketch is also the author of
the children’s book Golden Apples (winner of the 2008 Reviewer's
Choice Award), a beautifully illustrated book that aims to help
educate children about the dangers of drug abuse.
For more information, contact
the author directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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It Hurt? Parent’s Practical Guide to Children’s Surgery
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