Why is Anesthesia for Children Unique?
Covenant Children's pediatric anesthesia physicians are uniquely prepared to meet the physical, emotional, and developmental needs of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico's infants, children and adolescents who require anesthesia or sedation. Members of the medical team are prepared to provide anesthesia to the smallest premature infant in the NICU, to the bold high school athlete and every patient in between. Our anesthesiologists possess special skills and experience to develop and implement an individualized plan for inducing, maintaining, monitoring and recovering a child from anesthesia, including options for pain management. A wide array of up-to-date and special equipment is available at Covenant Children's that frequently is not available in adult hospitals, performing care for children.
Having a fully licensed children's hospital offering pediatric anesthesia is crucial to our region because children's bodies are different than adults', and hence must be treated in an expert and highly specialized manner. Children's throats are significantly smaller and sometimes more sensitive. They respond more quickly to medication and their body temperatures change more rapidly. Different medications, and combinations of medications, are required due to their bodies still developing.
In addition to addressing the physical needs of children, their psychological needs are met throughout the anesthesia and surgery experience. We recognize that many factors will influence how children understand and react to the events of surgery, including their age, developmental status, previous experience and anxiety level. Every intervention is designed to provide a smooth, safe, and positive experience.
We know the prospect of having your child go under anesthesia can be unnerving. That's why we've tried to provide as much information as possible for you and your family. Please click the links below to have some of your questions answered.