Pediatric Anesthesiology

Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital

At Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital and St. Vincent, a large group of Pediatric Anesthesiologists (Northside Anesthesia Services) specialized in the care of neonates, preemies, infants and children of all ages. These services are available 24-hours a day for patients receiving inpatient, outpatient procedures, tests and emergency care. The Pediatric Anesthesiologists work with more than 40 different children’s healthcare departments at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital and St.Vincent.

  • Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital and Hilbert Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases
  • Children’s Heart Center at St.Vincent
  • Peyton Manning Children’s ENT
  • PMCH Surgery & Procedure Center at St.Vincent
  • Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, ER and Surgery Center
  • Vincent Women’s Hospital and NICU

Other Pediatric scheduled procedures may also be done at:

  • St. Vincent Fishers Hospital
  • St. Vincent Carmel Hospital

What to Expect

It’s natural for children and adults to be anxious about having a medical procedure. The attending physicians performing the procedure at PMCH are very good at explaining how anesthesia services will be involved. If at any time a patient or family member has more questions of the Pediatric Anesthesiologist, we are happy to contact the family before the day of the procedure to answer your questions.

Before surgery or a procedure — Important directions will be given to you about what your child may eat or drink before the procedure and what medications should be taken. Some children need medicine to help calm them before surgery, while others do not. Your physician anesthesiologist will work closely with you and your child to determine if that would be helpful.

During surgery — The physician anesthesiologist will provide medications to make your child comfortable and pain free. Depending on what works best for your child, the medication will either be given through an intravenous (IV) line or through a mask that lets your child inhale the medication. Your child will be closely monitored throughout the entire procedure for changes in heart rate, breathing and blood pressure, and, if needed, adjustments in the anesthesia will be made to keep your child safe and comfortable.

On the day of the procedure you may also meet a Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital Child Life Specialists. These associates help relax and distract our young patients who may be anxious about having a medical procedure, imaging test, or operation. Overall, our goal is to ensure our patients’ experience is as comfortable and painless as possible, with best-in-care pediatric anesthesia practices.

Share information with your medical team about your child’s previous experience with anesthesia.

Does your child have allergies or asthma?

Has your child had anesthesia before? If so, what was that experience like?

  • Local anesthesia
  • Spinal Block
  • Pain management injection

Are there any breathing and swallowing concerns?

Always bring a list of your child’s current schedule of prescribed and over-the-counter medications, supplements, and vitamins and includes notes about the dosage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Source: Society for Pediatric Anesthesiology

Who will provide anesthesia to our child?

Anesthesia today is very safe. The most important thing you can do to reduce the already minimal risks is to be sure your child’s anesthesia care is led by a Pediatric Anesthesiologist. An anesthesiologist is a medical doctor who specializes in anesthesia, pain and critical care medicine and works with your child’s other physicians to develop and administer the anesthesia care plan.

Are there are several different types of anesthesia?

Your child may receive one or more for the procedure or surgery. If your child requires tests, such as a special type of X-ray or other imaging exam, the physician anesthesiologist may provide anesthesia to ensure your child’s safety and the success of the test.

How will the Pediatric Anesthesiologist care for your child?

These physicians understand that children often are frightened about medical procedures and surgery. We will work with you, your child and the other doctors and nurses before, during and after the procedure to calm fears and ensure safety and comfort. Before Surgery — you’ll meet with the anesthesiologist to discuss what type of anesthesia will be used and how it will be given. You’ll also have the chance to ask questions about potential side effects and your child’s experience during surgery and recover

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