Caring for the child with an autism spectrum disorder in the acute care setting

Nina Scarpinato, Jana Bradley, Kay Kurbjun, Xenia Bateman, Brenda Holtzer, Beth Ely

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Purpose: This article explores the challenges that patients with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) face when hospitalized and provides assessment strategies and plan-of-care suggestions for nursing caregivers. Conclusions: With a high prevalence rate of medical comorbidities among this population, such as gastrointestinal complaints and seizures, nurses are likely to care for hospitalized patients with an ASD. Practice Implications: For a child with an ASD, hospitalization can be an overwhelming sensory and cognitive experience. Nurses equipped with an understanding of the unique needs of a child with ASD can tailor the plan of care to reduce patient and family anxiety, optimize treatment goals, and reduce the stress of hospitalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-254
Number of pages11
JournalJournal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010

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Autistic Disorder
Hospitalization
Nurses
Patient Care Planning
Caregivers
Comorbidity
Patient Care
Seizures
Anxiety
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Population
Therapeutics

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  • Pediatrics

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Scarpinato, Nina ; Bradley, Jana ; Kurbjun, Kay ; Bateman, Xenia ; Holtzer, Brenda ; Ely, Beth. / Caring for the child with an autism spectrum disorder in the acute care setting. In: Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing. 2010 ; Vol. 15, No. 3. pp. 244-254.
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