It’s difficult when you hear your child needs anesthesia, especially before a surgery. As a parent, you want to protect your children from harm and comfort their fears. As experts in pediatric anesthesia, we feel the same way. Because children are smaller than adults, and their vital signs are different, having specialized pediatric anesthesiologists available 24/7 provides an extra layer of quality and security.
Committed to Your Child’s Care
We have chosen to dedicate our life’s work to pediatrics. That’s why Baystate Children’s Hospital provides highly specialized anesthesia care for young ones of all ages for elective surgeries and emergencies.
The expert team that cares for your child includes board certified pediatric anesthesiologists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, pediatric operating room and recovery room nurses, and child-life specialists.
We provide anesthesia in our pediatric preoperative rooms, operating rooms, and recovery rooms – all designed for young patients. One of our dedicated pediatric anesthesiologists stays with your child at all times during surgery.
Care & Comfort Before Surgery
Our goal is to make sure you and your child are comfortable and worry-free before, during, and after surgery. Our pediatric anesthesia team talks to you about your child’s medical history and surgical procedure. Together, we arrive at the best anesthesia and after-surgery pain management plan.
We also take a number of additional steps, including:
- Taking steps to relieve any anxiety the child has, perhaps with distraction therapy with our child life specialists or medication
- Offering tours of our facilities, including an operating room, to make the surroundings more familiar and less frightening
- Encouraging you to remain in the operating room with your child until they fall asleep, which alleviates stress for the child