The Revolutionary PeDIA Induction vs “Standard” Mask-Based Induction

Which is better: a mask-free anesthesia gas delivery system or “the old standard” mask induction? The ultimate goal is safety, of course, but providing a stellar experience in the operating room is a very close second. For children, that matters even more. You may want to know why we don’t just stick with the standard mask? If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Well, it is broken and has been for almost a century.

General Anesthesia for Children: Imagine you are a child in an operating room, surrounded by strangers in masks, strange machines and sounds. Then, these masked strangers hold your hands and feet still while they force a plastic mask on your face. It’s a little hard to breathe. Then comes the SMELL of anesthesia gases–ugh! You push away the mask, say no, cry, kick and try to get away. The more you fight, the harder they hold you down. It’s like a live horror movie. You’re trapped and no one–not even your parents–will help you. It’s the ultimate betrayal. You don’t remember falling asleep but you dream about this for weeks. You wet the bed, have nightmares and feel anxious. You then vow to never let them do this to you again. You no longer trust doctors and nurses.

As you can see, this negative experience causes more harm than good for a child. Even with distraction (iPhones, games…), nothing can get rid of the smell and feel of the mask. So PeDIA just got ride of the mask!

As far as parents are concerned, they worry about every aspect of their child’s anesthesia and surgery. Then, to see their child struggle causes much emotional turmoil and a feeling of helplessness. That does not equate to a good surgical experience from their point of view. The PeDIA device goes a long way to ease that fear: both the parent’s and the child’s.

Here’s What Parents Must Know About Their Child’s Anesthesia Care

If your child is undergoing anesthesia or surgery, do not hesitate to connect with an anesthesiology expert. They will discuss potential side effects, the child’s experience during anesthesia, and the recovery period. Ask them about the induction process: how, when and where; mask or no mask. It’s your right to ask as many questions as you can. Doctors and nurses know medicine but only YOU know your child.

If PeDIA seems like a great alternative to the mask, as your surgeon or anesthesia team about the Pediatric Device for Induction of Anesthesia–Pedia Anesthesia Balloon the only mask-free anesthesia gas delivery system available on the market!

Anesthesia Medical Devices: How Anesthesiologist’s Care will Make Your Child

The anesthesiologist works with you and your surgeon to deliver safe, effective care and to make sure the entire process is a success. Let PeDIA help the doctors and nurses make it less traumatic and, perhaps, even fun with our colorful, whistling balloons.

A few more things. Your child must be NPO. That means, they should not eat or drink anything before surgery. This is to protect your child from harm during induction. Check with your anesthesiologist to see how long they should be without food or drink. Before surgery, during your anesthesia interview, tell your anesthesiologist about your child’s medical history. If your child has a favorite toy, they may let him or her bring it back into the operating room. If you will accompany your child for induction, you may be asked to wear a special coverup and surgical booties over your shoes as well as a surgical hat. In the operating room, the team may ask you to stand near the operating room table next to your child or sit in a chair and hold your child in your lap.

Before Surgery, Make Sure to Have the Talk with Your Child:

This doesn’t have to be a serious talk. Your child may have questions so answer them according to their understanding. Let them know the doctors and nurses will be there to take care of them. In the preoperative room, address any questions you or your child have. It will bring assurance to your child, and they might feel less anxious and worried.

Final Words

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