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Anesthesiology Department

Our anesthesiologists provide state of the art care throughout our hospital system.  Usually a general anesthetic will be performed to optimize patient comfort and safety.  A general anesthetic includes a variety of medications, which are administered through an IV, or are inhaled through specialized equipment.  

In addition, nerve blocks and catheters may be placed using the latest imaging technology to precisely anesthetize specific areas of the body to provide pain relief long after the procedure has been completed.  

Invasive and non invasive monitoring techniques are commonly implemented to closely control the body's life sustaining functions.  

Understanding of fluid management and transfusion medicine are vital skills our anesthesiologists apply regularly, especially with our smallest and sickest patients.  

Our Pain Medicine experts assess and manage a variety of painful conditions, including postoperative pain and pain caused by cancer and other complex diseases.

You and your child will have the chance to meet one of our trusted anesthesiologists before a scheduled procedure.  The anesthesiologist will review your child's medical history and prepare a customized anesthetic plan to keep your child safe and comfortable during and after the procedure.

A word about anesthetic agents in newborns and infants:

Recent animal studies suggest some anesthetic agents may be harmful to the developing brain.  However, the relevance of these findings in newborns and infants is unknown.  PCH and Valley Anesthesiology Consultants, Ltd.  endorse a 2012 statement from Smart Tots, a research initiative of the International Anesthesia Research Society, that directly addresses the issue.  The consensus statement has also been endorsed by the US Food and Drug Administration, American Academy of Pediatrics, Society of Pediatric Anesthesia and other related organizations.

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