What do you know about adolescent and developmental level

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Bobby was hospitalized 6 days ago for appendicitis. After an appendectomy following a perforated appendix, he now has an open incision requiring BID dressing changes and contact isolation due to a hospital acquired MRSA infection. It is anticipated that he will be here for 5-10 more days for long term antibiotic therapy and wound care. He is 13 years old. He has been afebrile for 24 hours. The wound is open with minimal serious drainage.

He is withdrawn and relates "just tired" when you inquire about how he is this morning. He shared his interest in school. Gets A's in math, computer science and was supposed to be competing in the school science fair.

• What do you know about the adolescent and the appropriate developmental level?
• Keeping his diagnosis in mind, what about visitation?
• Is socialization a need?
• What other questions should you ask?

YouTube Video: "Bernard, the Hospital Puppet - Pre-Op Teaching Program"

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