The Department of Anesthesia at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital (BCCH) is one of 11 similar University affiliated pediatric anesthesia specialist groups in Canada. The 23 anesthesiologists at BCCH all have special training and experience in the perioperative management of infants, children and youth. These Pediatric Anesthesiologists are specialist physicians who in addition to completion of a MD degree and 5 year anesthesia training and have completed further subspecialty training in pediatric anesthesia.
Our Pediatric Anesthesiologists are part of a perioperative care team. This team includes pediatric surgeons from all surgical specialties, intensive care physicians, pediatric dentists, pediatricians, nurses and anesthesia assistants. Working in cooperation with this team, each child from the smallest, sickest neonate to the largest, fittest adolescent is individually evaluated. An anesthetic and pain management plan is discussed and planned with the family. Care plans are family focused. For example, in most cases, a parent with a child more than 12 months old may be with their child during the induction of anesthesia.
The Anesthesia department provides services in the following areas:
- Dental Anesthesia
- General Anesthesia (including Plastics, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Urology)
- Cardiac Anesthesia
- Integrated Pain Management Service including the Acute Pain Service and the Complex Pain Consultation Service
- Pre-Admission Clinic
- Post Anesthetic Care Unit
- Procedural Sedation and Analgesia
In addition to providing anesthetic care and the services above the department is active in both education and research: Pediatric Anesthesia Research Department. Members are involved locally, nationally and internationally with education and research to improve and to advance anesthesia and pain management techniques. The fellowship-training program and research program are examples of these activities.