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Pediatric Anesthesia Outside the Operating Room

Please read the Pediatric FAQ section for detailed answers to many of your questions.

As with anesthesia in the Operating Room, safety is the highest priority for the anesthesiologist when caring for a child outside the OR. However, we recognize that this is an extremely stressful time for the child and for the parents, and we strive to reduce the stress as much as possible, while remaining safe.

TYPICAL CASES DONE OUTSIDE THE OR

  • Radiological Procedures requiring sedation (MRI, CT).
  • Placement of different lines in XRAY (most typically PICC lines).
  • Sedation for slightly more invasive procedures (e.g. spinal tap).

WHAT ANESTHESIA IS USED OUTSIDE THE OPERATING ROOM

Typically, general anesthesia is not necessary for any of the cases listed above. A notable (rare) exception is an emergency procedure that can't wait in a child who has a full stomach. 99% of the procedures done outside the operating are done with sedation given through the IV. This is the same type of sedation an adult might receive for a colonoscopy, breast biopsy, or D&C.

An IV is necessary in these cases and will usually be placed by the IV team prior to meeting with the anesthesiologist. EMLA Cream is an excellent local anesthetic that can be placed on the skin 20-30 minutes before the IV placement.

The parent can be with the child while the sedation is taking effect.

RECOVERY

When the procedure is over, the child is taken to the Operating Room recovery room. The child is usually sleepy at this point. The parents are allowed to come into the recovery room as the child awakens.

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