The anesthesiology team at Children’s Hospital Boston handles sedation for a variety of uncomfortable or anxiety-provoking procedures. Our doctors assess your child’s age, weight, developmental level, and health history, and then—depending on the expected duration and discomfort of the procedure—determine the most appropriate sedation medication to administer. In the majority of cases, sedation is administered via an intravenous (IV) tube. A physician then administers the medication and remains on-hand to monitor the sedation.
Our sedation services are provided in a room with full anesthetizing and monitoring capabilities outside of the main operating room suite, so physicians and parents can have easy access to your child. Whether they are sedating an infant so an IV line can be placed safely, or attending to life support during a heart reconstruction, our anesthesiologists are intimately involved in each patient’s care throughout the procedure.
Division chief of Pain Medicine Charles Berde, MD,PhD, has received several awards and honors for his pioneering work in pediatric pain relief, including the 2003 Scientific Achievement Award of the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association. He was profiled as one of Time Magazine's “Heroes in Medicine” in 1997.
Researchers in the Department of Anesthesiology are regularly conducting a wide variety of basic and clinical investigations in laboratories, ICUs and main operating rooms, and through clinical services.