Positive Healthcare Encounters for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Accommodations During Surgical Procedures

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      Children with autism spectrum disorder have unique needs during medical procedures involving anesthesia. However, with early patient identification, provider champions can adapt their practice to better serve this population, thereby improving patient satisfaction and outcomes. This article describes a novel protocol developed by an anesthesia resource center to modify care for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. This information serves as a template for perianesthesia nurses and advanced care providers to implement practice accommodations. Two case examples, based on parent interviews and chart review, are presented to exemplify this protocol.


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