?Perioperative Care of the Child? explores the core principles for delivering safe and effective nursing care of the child requiring surgery. It identifies the essential skills and knowledge required by perioperative practitioners in order to care effectively for children before, during and after an operation. This practical and comprehensive text explores the role of the nurse in pre–hospital preparation, anaesthetics, surgical procedures, safety issues, postoperative recovery care, discharge issues, recovery in the ward, going home and post–hospital care. It also addresses ethical issues and psychosocial factors on the child.