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Children’s Expands Anesthesiology Services to Improve Outcomes

Jun 24, 2015 07:57PM ● By MED Magazine

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has expanded its pediatric anesthesiology team to meet growing demand. In the past year, Children’s has added five new pediatric anesthesiologists for a total of 20 board certified pediatric anesthesiologists.

Outcomes indicate that having specialized pediatric anesthesiologists as part of the operating room team decreases complications and mortality from anesthesia. Outside of Children’s, there are few other pediatric anesthesiologists in Nebraska, and no other pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists.

“We now have six pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists,” says Mohanad Shukry, MD, PhD, clinical service chief of Anesthesiology at Children’s. “That is especially important to our heart transplantation program, which brings the most complicated pediatric cardiac cases to Children’s for treatment and surgery.”

Anesthesiology care at Children’s now also includes a new sedation service and an expanded pain management service. The Non-Operating Room Anesthesia (NORA) service is available to children who undergo procedures outside of the operating room.

Children’s also now has eight pediatric anesthesiologists experienced in treating post-operative pain. These anesthesiologists lead a multidisciplinary pain management team that includes intensive care physicians and nurses, pediatric pain management nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physical therapists and child care specialists. The pain management service is designed to yield faster recoveries, shorter hospital stays and a better overall patient experience.