Date of Award

Spring 4-12-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Brian Garrett DNP, CRNA

First Committee Member

Sue Butz, DNP, RN, CCRN-K,

Second Committee Member

Amy Bishop DNP, AGCNS-C


Emergence delirium, Emergence agitation, Pediatric emergence delirium, Total intravenous anesthesia

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences


Postoperative emergence agitation or emergence delirium (ED) is a phenomenon that can occur in patients who have undergone surgery requiring the administration of inhaled anesthetics. ED is a postoperative side effect of general anesthesia commonly experienced by pediatric patients that negatively impacts a patient’s overall postoperative experience. There is a lack of consistent standardized clinical practice guidelines for general anesthesia in pediatric or adult populations. The primary goal of this scholarly project is to develop and implement clinical practice guidelines focusing on the occurrence of postoperative ED and select adverse clinical outcomes in pediatric patients undergoing general anesthesia. The project utilizes the Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) framework to evaluate the outcomes of ED. The guidelines include pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions addressing treatment options encompassing the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care areas. The projects’ objective is to provide EBP guidelines of pharmacological and non-pharmacological perioperative treatment options for pediatric ED to reduce the overall incidence and select adverse clinical outcomes. The outcomes from this scholarly project can be fundamental to recommending EBP guidelines to other pediatric facilities that are struggling with the negative consequences associated with ED.

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