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Why Choose Us: Anesthesiology

Our Outcomes: The Results of Our Care

When your child needs any kind of procedure, getting them safely back in your arms as soon as possible is probably your biggest concern. We want that too. But we also want to make sure they’re as comfortable as possible not just during the procedure but afterward.

Why Measuring Results Matters

To provide pediatric care that's among the safest and most caring, we measure our results and compare them to national rates. Why? So we can:

  • help you make decisions about your child’s care
  • be clear about our results
  • improve and consistently deliver better, safer care

And we’re doing better than the national average in many specialties and processes.

Here are a couple of anesthesiology outcomes we focus on and track to improve the experience for both you and your child in those minutes and hours after an operation.

Preventing Hypothermia After Surgery

Preventing Hypothermia After Surgery


Post-Operative (Post-Op) Hypothermia Rates Much Lower (Better) Than National Average

After surgery, it’s important to keep children from getting *hypothermia (when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it). That’s because maintaining kids' adequate body temperature after an operation:

  • decreases shivering and discomfort
  • lowers the incidence of infections
  • gives them adequate muscle strength

We’re able to keep hypothermia incidences after surgery so low by using effective warming techniques and closely monitoring children’s temperatures, before, during and after surgery.

 

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.)

11,994

Number of procedures done under anesthesia, 2016

3.2%

Percent of children with hypothermia after surgery, 2016

1.8%

Percent of children with hypothermia after surgery, 2015

2.0%

Percent of children with hypothermia after surgery, 2014

4.8%

**National average (benchmark)

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.)

11,994

Number of procedures done under anesthesia, 2016

3.2%

Percent of children with hypothermia after surgery, 2016

1.8%

Percent of children with hypothermia after surgery, 2015

2.0%

Percent of children with hypothermia after surgery, 2014

4.8%

**National average (benchmark)

 

Nemours Children's Hospital (Orlando)

9,331

Number of procedures done under anesthesia, 2016

1.3%

Percent of children with hypothermia after surgery, 2016

0.6%

Percent of children with hypothermia after surgery, 2015

2.6%

Percent of children with hypothermia after surgery, 2014

4.8%

**National average (benchmark)

 

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Fla.)

15,449

Number of procedures done under anesthesia, 2016

0.6%

Percent of children with hypothermia after surgery, 2016

0.8%

Percent of children with hypothermia after surgery, 2015

2.2%

Percent of children with hypothermia after surgery, 2014

4.8%

**National average (benchmark)

 

*Hypothermia measured as initial arrival temperature to postanesthesia care unit (PACU) or intensive care unit (ICU) for children at highest risk, under the age of 5 years.
**National benchmark for anesthesiology includes immediate postoperative complications, morbidity and mortality, Anesthesia Quality Institute’s National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (2014). 

Preventing Vomiting Within First 24 Hours After Surgery

Preventing Vomiting Within First 24 Hours After Surgery


Post-Operative (Post-Op) Vomiting Rates Much Lower (Better) Than National Average

It’s important to prevent children from *vomiting after surgery because it:

  • keeps them better hydrated
  • decreases their length of stay in the hospital or at the surgery center
  • prevents emergency department (ED) visits
  • reduces hospital readmissions

We’re able to keep kids from vomiting by giving anti-vomiting medicines, making sure they stay hydrated, and using other techniques for patients and surgical procedures that are considered high-risk.

 

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.)

11.994

Number of procedures done under anesthesia, 2016

1.8%

Percent of children with vomiting after surgery, 2016

2.0%

Percent of children with vomiting after surgery, 2015

2.0%

Percent of children with vomiting after surgery, 2014

4.8%

**National average (benchmark)

 

Nemours Children's Hospital (Orlando)

9,331

Number of procedures done under anesthesia, 2016

2.6%

Percent of children with vomiting after surgery, 2016

1.9%

Percent of children with vomiting after surgery, 2015

3.6%

Percent of children with vomiting after surgery, 2014

4.8%

**National average (benchmark)

 

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Fla.)

15,449

Number of procedures done under anesthesia, 2016

0.6%

Percent of children with vomiting after surgery, 2015

3.7%

Percent of children with vomiting after surgery, 2014

4.8%

**National average (benchmark)

 

*Vomiting measured as postanesthesia follow-up call log within 24 hours of anesthesia.
**National benchmark for anesthesiology includes immediate postoperative complications, morbidity and mortality, Anesthesia Quality Institute’s National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (2014). 

Our Differentiators: What Sets Us Apart

Our Differentiators: What Sets Us Apart


Why Choose Nemours Anesthesiology

We know there’s no such thing as a “small surgery” when it comes to your child. Any procedure can be stressful and scary for your whole family. So if your child needs an operation, know that at Nemours, our top priorities are easing your concerns and ensuring your child’s comfort and safety before, during and after an operation.

If your child needs anesthesia, you want to know they’re in the best hands. That’s why we:

  • make sure almost all of our pediatric anesthesiologists (94 percent) have additional board certification in pediatric anesthesiology. That means we're experienced in things like dealing with very small infant airways, starting IVs in tiny veins, and assessing kids' organ functions (heart, lung, and neurological). So, unlike community hospitals and outpatient surgery centers, Nemours' anesthesiologists are experts in treating infants and children of all ages. 
  • provide medications to reduce your child's anxiety and often allow parents/caregivers to be with their children as they fall asleep in the operating room. This helps nervous kids and parents stay together longer — and feel calmer and less stressed.
  • offer a wide variety of postoperative pain relief techniques to shorten the length of stay, reduce pain, and minimize the use of narcotic-based pain medications
  • work to decrease the incidence of post-surgery infections by giving timely preventative antibiotics more than 96 percent of the time
  • are frequent speakers at national and international scientific meetings, and are actively involved in research (e.g., regional pain techniques, operating room safety initiatives, post-operative pain relief)

 

Learn more about Anesthesiology at Nemours. And get additional information to help prepare you and your child for the big day.

 

We ask for your honest feedback so we can make improvements for all of our patients. Here's how families ranked us in surveys:

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.)

  • 88.0 percent (friendliness of anesthesiologist)
  • 86.6 percent (anesthesiologist explanation)

Nemours Children's Hospital (Orlando)

  • 90.7 percent average (anesthesiologist explanation and anesthesiologist friendliness)

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Fla.)

  • 98.5 percent (anesthesiologist explanation)
  • 96.2 percent (friendliness of anesthesiologist)

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