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What is parental presence at induction of anesthesia? This is when a parent accompanies their child into the operating room until their child falls asleep with anesthesia medications. You might be invited to participate in the induction phase of your child’s anesthesia at the discretion of the anesthesiologist based on various factors and circumstances. Please read the following information to learn about this policy, how it applies to your child’s visit and how you can help.
Once your child has been registered for the procedure, a nurse will meet with you and your child to take your child’s vital signs, weight and medical history. As the parent or legal guardian, you will be asked to sign a consent form before the sedation medication is given.
Anesthesia (an-ess-THEEZ-ya) medication can be given either in a liquid form through an intravenous (IV) line directly into a vein or in a gas form by breathing through a mask. If your child is very upset, the doctor can give a relaxation medication by mouth before the induction. This medication is flavored and takes effect in 10 to 15 minutes.
When your child has fallen asleep, you will be taken to the waiting room.
As a parent, watching your child undergo anesthesia may be a very uncomfortable experience for you. Children can sense a parent’s concern—so for your presence to be helpful to your child, you must try to be as calm and encouraging as possible.
There are ways you can help your child, even if you feel uncomfortable.
If your child has any special needs or health issues you feel the doctor needs to know about, please call the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology at 412-692-5260, before the procedure and ask to speak with an anesthesiologist. It is important to notify us in advance about any special needs your child might have.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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