5 key points
- Pre-operative anxiety before general anaesthesia is common
- A planned programme of information provision before minimal-stay surgery is vital
- Offering choices (real or perceived) and positive encouragement will benefit patients
- Therapeutic use of the self by nurses in brief exchanges with patients can help to promote a therapeutic environment
- Minimising the impact of the environment can dispel anxiety
- How has the move to day case surgery changed the relationship between nurses and patients?
- List the common causes of anxiety for patients having a general anaesthetic.
- What specific concerns are identified by patients having local or regional anaesthesia?
- How can nurses help patients retain control during a day case procedure?
- How can nurses reduce pre-operative anxiety? Are there gender differences in the way men and women manage their anxiety?
- What role does the environment play in reducing anxiety?