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Anesthesiology Patient Care at
Seattle Children's Hospital

"The care of children is a common bond producing a camaraderie that crosses departmental boundaries. Residents are an important and integral part of the care team for the children and their families." -- Dr. Martin, Director

Overview

Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH) is a 250-bed free standing hospital affiliated with the University of Washington School of Medicine. SCH specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of patients from infancy through young adulthood. For more than 100 years, we have been providing high quality care to children from the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region, regardless of the family's ability to pay. Seattle Children's is consistently ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals thanks in part to the excellence of the medical and nursing staff. Through the collaborative care of nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, we provide inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, emergency and outreach services. These services are available not only in Seattle on our main campus, but also in Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way, Olympia, Tri Cities along with outreach clinics in Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

For Patients

Our primary goal is the safest and most pleasant experience possible for children who require anesthesia for surgery or a procedure outside of the operating room. Our professional team includes expert pediatric anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and nurse practitioners. Each has special training and experience with issues facing children during anesthesia and surgery. We focus on the entire family's experience through our family-center approach to care in the peri-operative period. We are the only group of pediatric anesthesia healthcare providers in the region that care exclusively for children.

Before surgery or a procedure, an anesthesia provider takes a medical history, including prior anesthetic experiences, and completes a physical exam. We discuss options with the family on how children fall asleep; will be monitored while asleep, and the treatment options for treatment of procedural related pain. We work closely with all members of the medical and professional staff to identify and address the unique healthcare needs for you and your child to assure the best possible outcomes.

We are national leaders in advanced regional anesthesia techniques in children. By using small amounts of numbing medications in specific locations to make regions of the body numb, we are able to provide the best possible treatment of procedural pain during and after the operation. This not only provides for optimal treatment of pain, but also allows the use of lower doses of 'general anesthesia' medications which have common side-effects like nausea and vomiting. We have nationally and internationally recognized expert providers skilled in the use of ultrasound (painless sound wave) imaging of the nerves to provide world leading success rates while also minimizing the risks for complications.

Because SCH is a world renowned hospital for providing healthcare for the simplest to most complex of diseases of children, specialists in any field are always available should the need arise. Our goal is to tailor our expert knowledge and skills to meet the unique health needs of your child so that they receive the safest, most-advanced, family-centered healthcare possible.

For the Caregiver

The Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine at Seattle Children's is the largest group of pediatric anesthesia providers dedicated to the care of children in the western United States. We have over fifty full and part time faculty members with specialized training and experience in pediatric anesthesia. In addition, we have nearly twenty advanced practice nurses who work with their physician team members in the provision of peri-operative care for children of all ages from neonates to young adults. We host trainees (residents) from the University of Washington and Virginia Mason Medical Centers as well as our own ACGME-certified pediatric anesthesia fellowship (eight fellows per year).

Services are provided for all recognized pediatric medical and surgical specialties, including advanced cardiac surgery and solid organ transplantation. Last year more than 21,000 anesthetics were provided by members of the department in both operative and non-operative settings. Our daily sites of practice include 12 operative suites, 2 cardiac cath labs, 3 procedure suites, 3 radiology sites and the oncology clinic on the main campus. In addition, we provide remote anesthesia services at the Bellevue Clinics and Surgery Center (2 ORs and 1 radiology site), the Dental Surgery Center at Magnusson (2 suites) and pediatric radiation therapy treatment at UWMC.

Seattle Children's has been a leader in the field of pain management for babies, children and teens since our program began in 1985. We are one of only a handful of children's hospitals in the United States that offer a wide variety of pain control options. Our pain team includes doctors and nurses who specialize in pain management for children, as well as physical therapists and psychologists who use techniques to decrease pain and help your child be active again. Because pain is caused by a wide range of conditions, we work with experts in nearly all of Children's clinics, and are committed to collaborate closely with specialists involved in the care of your child. We also work closely with you, your child and your child's healthcare providers to develop a treatment plan that takes both your child's specific needs and your concerns into account. Seattle Children's is also coming recognized as a center of excellence in advanced region anesthesia techniques in children. We have nationally and internationally recognized expert providers skilled in the use of ultrasound guided imaging in children to deliver services with the highest possible success rate while also minimizing the risks for potential complications. This includes the provision of ambulatory peripheral nerve catheters for children.

 

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Lynn D. Martin, MD, FAAP, FCCM
Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics (adj.)
Director, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Seattle Children's
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Phone: (206) 987-2052
Fax: (206) 987-3935
E-mail: lynn.martin@seattlechildrens.org

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