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The Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine is home to four divisions and multiple programs:
Division of Perioperative Anesthesia: Provides anesthesia before, during and shortly after inpatient surgical procedures. The division operates a patient-centered, multidisciplinary system of coordinated care that strives for better health, better health care and reduced costs of care. These goals are met through shared decision-making and seamless continuity of care for the surgical patient, from the decision for surgery through recovery, discharge and follow up.
Division of Cardiac Anesthesia: Provides anesthesia and pain management for patients undergoing cardiac (heart), thoracic (lungs) or vascular (blood vessels) surgeries and procedures in the catheterization laboratory, imaging suites and cardiac operating rooms. The cardiac anesthesia team utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and advanced monitors, including transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), cerebral oximetry and pulmonary artery catheters.
Division of Critical Care Medicine: Provides critical care services to children who are critically ill or injured or who suffer acute or chronic pain. Our 30-bed Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) and 12-bed Medicine Intensive Care Unit (MICU) are run by a multi-disciplinary team of physicians and nurses who provide critical care services in medicine, general surgery, transplantation, neurosurgery, trauma, orthopedics, otolaryngology (the study of head and neck disorders) and craniofacial reconstruction.
Division of Pain Medicine: Provides an interactive team approach to acute pain treatment and chronic pain management with consultative and outpatient clinics that tailor treatment options to individual patient needs. The division's Pain Treatment Services offers wide range of programs.
Sedation Services: Provides sedation for a variety of diagnostic or painful procedures when necessary. Health care providers who are skilled in the administration of pediatric sedation assess each patient and determine what sedation they may need for a procedure or test, based on the child’s health history and developmental level. The team’s mission is to ensure consistent, safe, high quality care to every child.
Commitment to Comfort: Provides ideas to constantly improve the quality of pain management throughout Boston Children's Hospital. The Executive Pain Committee is entrusted with overseeing the “Commitment to Comfort” and is composed of individuals from many disciplines. It assures that the wealth of knowledge regarding children’s pain is applied uniformly by serving as a clearinghouse for pain activities around the enterprise.
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