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Note: This guideline is currently under review. Introduction
Definition of Terms
Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure commonly performed at The Royal Children’s Hospital, often with an adenoidectomy.
Surgery is performed most commonly for children who have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, Sleep Disordered Breathing and recurrent tonsillitis.
To provide nursing staff with a guideline for the postoperative management of children who undergo tonsillectomy +/- adenoidectomy so that care can be standardised across all inpatient units.
Analgesia Regimen – RCH Specific
Caution should be taken with children who have OSA.
Please note that Tramadol is the preferred opioid in this patient group.
If airway, breathing or circulation is compromised call a MET or Resus Team
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The development of this nursing guideline was coordinated by Claire De Simone, ANUM, Possum Ward, and approved by the Nursing Clinical Effectiveness Committee. First published May 2019.