If your child requires anesthesia, you can rely on the expertise of Nemours' pediatric anesthesiologists. Our experienced team specializes in administering anesthesia in children. Our job is to keep your child safe and prevent pain before, during, and immediately after the surgical procedure — and ease your worries and concerns, too.
Anesthesia is the use of medicine to prevent the feeling of pain during surgery or other procedures that might be painful, such as a dental extraction. Anesthesia is administered through injection or an inhaled gas or vapor.
Some minor surgical procedures or procedures don’t require anesthesia. Instead, in these cases, we’ll administer a sedative drug to relax children and make it easier to perform the procedures.
What to Expect With Pediatric Anesthesiology
All of our physicians are fellowship-trained and board-certified, and have advanced training in one or more areas — such as Pediatrics, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and Pediatric Anesthesiology. So we’re able to provide the highest-quality care to even the youngest or most medically complex patients. This high level of expertise and experience with the unique anesthesia needs of children means our pediatric anesthesiologists are especially qualified to keep your child comfortable and as calm as possible.
In order to provide the safest care, our pediatric anesthesiologists will direct a care team that may include other physicians and nursing staff. Together, our team will thoroughly evaluate your child before any procedure, explain the type of anesthesia we’ll use, and answer all of your questions. Then, we’ll administer your child’s anesthetic medications during the procedure and carefully monitor your child afterward.
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- Ajala, Adebisi M., MD
- Bannister, Carolyn Fleming, MD
- Bargas, Matthew S., MD
- Besser, Timothy P., MD
- Bryskin, Robert B, MD
- Burns, Amy Elizabeth, MD
- Chen, Avis S., MD
- Collins, Steven V., MD
- Felema, Gohalem G, MD
- Fuentes-Olson, Karina, MD
- Goodwin, Jane A., MD
- Goodwin, Salvatore R., MD
- Gurgis, Fahmy S., MD
- Helffrich, Richard A. Jr., MD
- Heng, Renee M., MD
- Lewis, Marjorie A., MD
- Londergan, Bevan Patrick, MD
- Maryak, Brooke N., MD
- Post-Martens, Katrin, MD
- Schrum, Stefanie F., MD
- Scrivens-Gaver, Olinda R., MD
- Shah, Tanvi Jayendra, MD
- Sullivan, Kevin J., MD
- Vairogs, Vita, MD
- Wheatley, Rebekah L., MD
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- medical and pharmacy insurance cards
- preferred pharmacy name and phone number
- names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
- guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families
We recognize that any kind of medical procedure — and separation from you — can cause some stress and worry for you and your child. That’s why in addition to expert pediatric anesthesia care, we offer kid-friendly strategies you can use beforehand to lessen your child’s fears and prepare for the procedure. We take as much time as necessary to answer your questions, too. We know that by explaining things in a simple, easy-to-understand way, we can help to alleviate some of the anxiety you and your might feel about your child’s anesthesia care.
The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, is based at our partner, Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The department includes pediatric anesthesiologists and a nursing staff who coordinate pre-procedure evaluations and pain management care. In addition to the experience and talent of our staff, the hospital’s state-of-the-art surgery center is fully equipped and staffed to meet the unique needs of children.
Our Pediatric Anesthesia Consultation Clinic
If your child has complex medical needs and you have questions or anxieties about the procedure and pediatric anesthesia, you may be interested in our Consultation Clinic. We want you to feel properly prepared and for the day of surgery to go smoothly.
Please make an appointment with the Consultation Clinic at (904) 202-8208 if your child is having any of the following operations:
- spine surgery for patients with other medical problems
- airway reconstruction
- major chest surgery
- major abdominal surgery
Also call if your child has any of the following medical conditions:
- complex heart disease
- serious respiratory disease, such as severe asthma and cystic fibrosis and patients requiring ventilator support or oxygen therapy
- complex airway problems
- muscular dystrophy
- cervical spine instability and conditions requiring a neck brace
- Hunter's disease
- Hurler's syndrome
- severe obesity
- transplant recipients
Also, please call the Consultation Clinic if you have special cultural or religious concerns, like religious objections to blood transfusions and/or end-of-life decisions, that may impact your child’s care,
Before the procedure, your child will undergo a pre-anesthesia assessment, which will include a complete medical history, physical exam, and (in some cases) lab tests. You’ll also have a chance to ask questions about what to expect. If your child has a complex medical history or special medical needs that require expertise from doctors in other fields, we’ll coordinate it all. Working as a team, we can determine the safest type of pediatric anesthesia for your child.
During the surgical procedure, we’ll administer the anesthetic medications and carefully monitor your child throughout the process. You can be sure your child’s safety and comfort are our priority at all times.
After the procedure, we’ll remain with your child during the wake-up process. At that time, we can give any additional pain medication, if your child needs it. We have an acute pain service dedicated to the care and treatment of postoperative pain.
It’s important to know that a member of our experienced and caring pediatric anesthesia staff will remain with your child at all times until you can be reunited. Working with the rest of the surgical team, we’ll help determine when your child can move to a regular patient room or be discharged.
Our team members are strongly committed to an educational mission. That includes our relationships with the University of Florida, Gainesville; the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville; and the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN. We have a fully accredited Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Program. In fact, all of our faculty members are Mayo-appointed.
These cooperative relationships allow us to train new leaders in the field of pediatric anesthesiology, and give us access to the latest research and medical advances worldwide.