Prior to anesthesia a child is shown 3 pictures. The following day the recall of the pictures and their contents is tested. This allows a semiquantitative measure of amnesia for the preanesthetic period.



(1) dog

(2) tree

(3) car



(1) 1 point for each picture subject remembered (from 0 to 3 points)

(2) 1 point for each picture content remembered (from 0 to 3 points)



• minimum score: 0 points, indicating poor recall

• maximum score: 6 points, indicating excellent recall



• A child with poor memory is likely to have low score irregardless of anesthetic effect.


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