Surgical Services oversees the young patients care from the time surgery is scheduled through discharge. Several groups collaborate to ensure the best in family-centered care. Anesthesiologists, nurses, medical-technical staff, and sterile processing technicians partner with Emergency Medicine, Radiology and the Laboratory to support The Childrens Hospital surgeons.
Desmond Henry, MD
During 2002, Surgical Services supported more than 13,000 surgical cases, a 7.9% increase in the number of cases over 2001. Patient care extends beyond clinical support in the operating room. Scheduling, registration, patient flow, pre-certification and family education are coordinated by the Surgical Services staff.
Pediatric Pain Consultation
Pain pathways, as well as cortical and subcortical centers necessary for pain perception, are developed by 30 weeks of gestation. Children not only experience pain, but often have changes in behavior and eating and sleeping patterns following trauma or medical procedures.
Under the direction of the department of Anesthesiology, The Childrens Hospital Pediatric Pain Consultation Service provides the only centralized, autonomous group of pediatric pain specialists from the Mississippi to the West Coast. The Service assesses and treats both acute and chronic pain using a variety of therapies from pain blocks and medication to psychological counseling, rehabilitation therapy and complementary and alternative modalities. Children receive comprehensive diagnosis and treatment from an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, psychologists, and occupational and physical therapists. Children with complex regional pain syndrome, recurrent headaches, and recurrent abdominal pain are among those who have achieved long-term pain relief.
The success of the Pediatric Pain Consultation Service is evidenced by its increasing number of referrals. Since January 2001, more than 1,000 infants, children and adolescents have been cared for by Pediatric Pain Management team.