Anesthesia for Children
The following describes the medical field of anesthesiology, with particular emphasis on children. For specific information regarding your child's health and treatment options, please contact your Hurley physician or medical professional.
What is anesthesia?
Anesthesiology is a drug-induced and reversible state of unconsciousness, loss of responsiveness, loss of muscle reflexes, and/or memory. This allows young patients to undergo surgery and other medical procedures without the pain or anxiety they would otherwise experience.
Highly skilled specialists delivering the highest level of anesthetic care for your child
The anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) at Hurley Medical Center offer outstanding anesthetic care for our pediatric surgical patients. Before, during and immediately following a surgical procedure, they administer anesthesia, monitor your child for reactions and complications, and try to make your child comfortable by managing his/her pain.
Before the procedure, a Hurley anesthesiologist and/or CRNA will meet with you and your child to evaluate his/her condition and review the medical history. They will also explain the surgical process so you and your child know what to expect. During the procedure, the anesthesiologist and CRNA carefully monitor your child’s vital signs and comfort and make any needed adjustments to the anesthesia. Following the procedure, the anesthesiologist and CRNA continue to monitor your child’s vital signs and may be involved in managing his/her pain.
Services provided by Hurley’s Anesthesiology Department include:
- Administration of anesthesia in all subspecialties
- Preoperative medical evaluations
- Perioperative pain management
- Management of acute and chronic pain
- Diagnosis of acute and chronic pain syndromes
- Injections and nerve blocks
- Obstetrical analgesia and anesthesia