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Anesthesia and Young Brains Anesthesia and Young Brains [CE]

Millions of children undergo anesthesia each year, and although some surgeries are medically necessary, the possible neurocognitive benefits of delaying elective surgeries in young pediatric patients need to be discussed between families and healthcare professionals as repeated or prolonged exposure to anesthesia in children less than 3 years old may negatively affect brain development. Nurses must be aware of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommendation and evolving research as they serve a key role in educating and supporting families through the perioperative process. This article discusses the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration statement recommendations and its implications in clinical practice.

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