Pediatric Anesthesia at ACH
Anesthesia at Arkansas Children’s Hospital is provided by specially trained physicians called anesthesiologists. They may be assisted in individual cases by other personnel, including anesthesia residents (physicians training to become anesthesiologists), certified registered nurse anesthetists (registered nurses who have completed additional formal education in the administration of anesthesia) and anesthesia technicians. Members of the anesthesia team are present with your child throughout the surgery or procedure. They not only administer anesthetic medicines, but also provide a variety of monitoring functions and perform such procedures as airway management, IV and arterial catheter placement and placement of regional nerve blocks and catheters.
The professional staff of the Division of Pediatric Anesthesia at ACH are members of the Department of Anesthesiology of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Physicians and nurses in the Division of Pediatric Anesthesia provide traditional perioperative care services in the Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC), main operating room suites, Post-anesthetic Care Unit (PACU) and many other locations throughout the hospital. These include the cardiovascular operating room/ICU complex, the gastroenterology (GI) endoscopy lab, the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite and other sites on an as-needed basis. In addition, the members of the anesthesia staff provide acute and chronic pain management services on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.
The pediatric anesthesia staff is uniquely prepared to meet the physical, developmental, psychological and emotional needs of infants, children and adolescents who require anesthesia or sedation. Members of the medical staff are prepared to provide anesthesia to the tiniest premature infant, the robust high school athlete and patients of all sizes and medical conditions in between. Our anesthesiologists possess special skills and experience to develop and implement an individualized plan for inducing, maintaining, monitoring and recovering a child from anesthesia, including provisions for pain management after the procedure. A wide array of up-to-date and special equipment is available to the anesthesiologist that frequently is not available in adult hospitals.
In addition to addressing the physical needs of our child patients, their psychological needs are met throughout the anesthesia and surgery experience. We recognize that many factors will influence how children understand and react to the events of surgery, including their age, developmental status, previous experience and anxiety level. Efforts are made to prevent and reduce distress throughout the entire surgery or procedure experience
A major expansion to the surgical services area is currently under construction at ACH. This expansion will greatly enlarge the ambulatory surgery evaluation and recovery area and several new operating and procedure rooms will be added. More room and greater privacy will be available to parents and children.