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Demographic characteristics of children treated under general anesthesia

Radosveta Andreeva

Abstract

General anesthesia is a method of pharmacological behavior management of children.

The aim of this study is to assess the demographic characteristics of children treated under general anesthesia.

Subject of monitoring are 396 children treated under general anesthesia divided into three age groups - up to 5 years; between 6 and 12 years, and from 12 to 18 years. Three periods of time: 2015 - 2016, 2016 - 2017, and 2017 - 2018 were studied. The relative share of girls and boys, the number of treated children from Varna and other regions, and the mean age of children treated under general anesthesia were calculated.

Results: Girls treated under general anesthesia were fewer than boys in the three studied periods of time, with a relative share of 34% (n=133). The distribution by studied periods was as follows: n=10 (8%) for the period 2015-2016, n=30 (23%) for the period 2016-2017, n= 93 (69%) for the period 2017-2018. The mean age of the patients involved was 4.86 ± 3.27 years. Most of the surveyed population n=198 (50.12%) belonged to the youngest age group (1-5 years). The second age group (6-12) included 167 (42.27%) of the children surveyed and only 31 (7.6%) were over 12 years of age.

Conclusion: The number of children treated under general anesthesia, both boys and girls, increased with each passing year. For the period 2016-2017, the number of these children was 2.5 times higher than in the previous period and about three times lower than the next (2017-2018).

Keywords

general anesthesia, demographic characteristics, mean age

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14748/sssp.v4i0.5227

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Radosveta Andreeva
Medical University of Varna

Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Medicine

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