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Children undergoing anaesthesia: what are the rights of the child?

  • Kristian Noerholm Jensen1,†
  • Tom Giedsing Hansen1,2,†

1Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark

2Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.059 Vol.17,Issue 4,July 2021 pp.203-207

Submitted: 04 February 2021 Accepted: 05 March 2021

Published: 08 July 2021

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Anaesthesia in Paediatrics: Take Good Care of the Children)

*Corresponding Author(s): Kristian Noerholm Jensen E-mail:

† These authors contributed equally.


The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) outlines the rights of the child and is the grounds on how we care for children in healthcare institutions. Anesthesiologists are obliged to respect the child’s rights when undertaking pediatric anesthesia. The Safe Anesthesia for every tot initiative (SAFETOTS) has translated the UNCRC and the EACH (European Association for Children in Hospitals) charter into 10 articles, which are operational for clinical use. This review aims to discuss each of these articles and how they are applied in clinical practice.


Pediatric anesthesia; Human rights; Children; Perioperative care; Quality of health care; Safety

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