Millions of children undergo surgery each year. These procedures commonly result in pain and distress. Poorly managed pain can result in negatively biased pain memories, fears, and for some children, phobias that persist into adulthood. This is, in part, due to inconsistent post-operative advice and teaching, variations in administration of analgesics and parental anxiety surrounding medication use. In addition, it has been shown that information handouts and educational videos are of limited value in terms of parental education surrounding post-operative issues. Recently developed mobile applications (apps) for the perioperative setting have demonstrated a beneficial impact on both the end user and the healthcare system. To date, app technology has not been extended to pediatric tonsillectomy patients, or pediatric ambulatory surgery.
We challenge you to design a smart phone app that 1. provides parents information about their child's upcoming surgery; 2. reminds parents about how much acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and liquids should be taken and when; 3. provides information regarding the normal post-operative course, including an FAQ section, as well as information about who and when to call with questions, and 4. collects information regarding post-operative course for physician's use.