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At AdventHealth for Children, formerly Florida Hospital for Children, our experienced anesthesia and sedation team is comprised of highly trained pediatric anesthesiologists and intensivists who help ensure that every procedure in which sedation is needed is safe and that your child’s recovery is as comfortable as possible. Working together with our hospital radiologists, hematologist/oncologists, neurologists and orthopedic specialists, they provide safe sedation and anesthesia for children in a warm, friendly, nurturing environment that’s designed just for kids to help ease the anxiety sometimes associated with a hospital visit.
- Anesthesia for Children
More Comfort, More Healing
The role of a pediatric anesthesiologist is to provide for the general anesthesia, sedation and pain management needs of infants and children. Your child’s anesthesiologist can perform the following essential services:
- Anesthesia Care During Surgery
- Evaluation of Medical Issues in Infants and Children Requiring Surgery
- Planning Your Child’s Care Before, During and Post-Surgery
- Providing Pain Control As Needed Following Surgery, via IV Medications or Other Methods
- Helping Create a Non-Threatening Environment in the Operating Room
- Anesthesia or Sedation for Imaging, Radiation Therapy and Other Procedures That Occur Outside the Operating Room
- Sedation for Children
Sedation procedures involve the administration of medications that cause the patient to be drowsy and relaxed during a minor medical procedure such as endoscopy, oral surgery or diagnostic testing. Depending on the procedure to be performed and the patient’s preferences, different levels of sedation can be achieved ranging from minimal to moderate or deep sedation. However, even “deep” sedation differs from general anesthesia, which induces sleep from which the patient cannot be roused for a period of time and is used for longer and more invasive surgeries. Sedation is generally administered via IV or oral medication. “Conscious sedation” is often used in outpatient procedures to minimize any anxiety and help your child remain still so that treatment or imaging can take place.
Thanks to a gift from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, AdventHealth for Children’s Pediatric Outpatient Procedures and Sedation unit (POPS) opened its doors in September 2015 with the goal of providing a lower-cost and more easily accessible location for kids to receive lifesaving treatments ranging from chemotherapy to transfusion. Colorful, undersea-themed wall murals appear throughout the reception area and hallways of the POPS unit to help children feel more at ease during their treatment. Other key features include a virtual aquarium in the waiting area, and playful flooring and seating. The gift from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also includes an undersea video for patients to view through 3D goggles while undergoing MRI scans.
The POPS unit was designed to provide a more relaxing clinical environment to ease anxiety and stress for some of our youngest and sickest patients. Your child may need to visit us for one or more of the following services:
- Lab Draws Chemotherapy
- Endocrine Testing
- Infusion Therapy
For more information, please call the POPS unit at 407-303-5600.
- Sedation For Medical Imaging
Helping Kids Stay Calm and Still
The world of pediatric medical imaging is making rapid strides in the effort to ease the process of receiving a medical scan and reduce the time it takes so it’s less challenging for small children to undergo. Today, we offer a variety of tools and techniques to help prepare our children for tests like imaging exams.
Making MRIs More Comfortable
For most medical imaging exams, pediatric patients don’t need to receive sedation or anesthesia because the procedures are very quick and painless. But an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging scan) may take up to an hour to complete, which is a long time for little ones to stay still. Additionally, many MRI machines require patients to lie in a small, confined space which may cause a child to feel claustrophobic and scared. It’s important for patients to lie very still during MRI scans so the technologist can capture clear images for the radiologist to read. For this reason, many hospitals use sedation and anesthesia to make the test easier for children.
Less Sedation, More Fun
Sedation and anesthesia are widely used by most healthcare providers worldwide, and they are both generally safe and effective. However, the team at AdventHealth for Children understands the potential risks associated with these procedures and takes many steps to ensure that only those children who truly require sedation or anesthesia receive it. In fact, we have specially trained Child Life Specialists who help prepare children for exams like MRI scans to reduce the need for sedation or anesthesia. Through a series of options including role play, pretend play with toy MRI machines, and Cinema Vision goggles to watch movies during the exam, AdventHealth has significantly reduced the need for pediatric patients to receive sedation or anesthesia for MRI scans.