Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Nashville, TN 37232

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Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology

Children with heart problems need highly specialized anesthesia care. Our team has years of extra training and experience caring specifically for children undergoing heart surgery. We are lifeguard who continuously and vigilantly watch over your child to prevent problems and responds if problems arise.

One of the team's most important jobs continuously monitoring your child's vital functions, medical condition and level of consciousness during surgery. Other jobs of the anesthesia team include placement of monitoring lines, administration of drugs to maintain anesthesia, administration of blood products and control of the patient's surroundings (comfort, temperature, position, etc). Generally, any care of the patient that is not surgery falls to the anesthesia team.

Cardiac AnesthesiologistsPediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologists
Anesthesiologists undergo a four-year training program after medical school. Additionally, the anesthesiologists on our staff who care for cardiac surgery patients also complete one year of cardiac anesthesia fellowship, with concentration in pediatric cardiac care. All of our anesthesiologists are board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, with several years of experience in caring for children with heart disease. Meet our pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists.

Pediatric Cardiac Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)
The anesthesiologist is often assisted by a nurse anesthetist, a skilled registered nurse with training in anesthesia delivery and pharmacology. Nurse anesthetists are carefully selected and undergo a two-year concentrated study in anesthesia. At Children's Hospital, we select from a motivated group of nurse anesthetists and provide them with additional training in pediatric cardiac anesthesia. Meet our cardiac CRNAs

Family Resources and Frequently Asked Questions 
For more information about what to expect if your child is undergoing anesthesia, visit our Family Resources and Frequently Asked Questions page.

Last Edited: October 5, 2015