Children are not just small adults, particularly when it comes to anesthesia. Their bodies – including their cardiac and respiratory systems as well as their brains – are still developing. Doctors administering anesthesia must have detailed knowledge of illnesses and medical conditions that can affect children of all ages, from newborns to teenagers, and be experts in selecting the most appropriate type and dosage of medication. They must understand how to deal with children’s fears and anxiety in a compassionate, age-appropriate manner.
This child-focused expertise is exactly what you’ll find at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologists – members of Spectrum Medical Group – make up the largest subspecialty team of its kind in Maine, offering an unparalleled depth of expertise and experience in specialized anesthesia services for infants and children. Our nurses also are specially trained in the care of children and have years of pediatric experience – further ensuring you of high-quality care. We pride ourselves on offering a thoughtful child- and family-friendly environment.
Pediatric anesthesiologists are involved in providing anesthesia and sedation for the full range of illnesses and injuries affecting children, and in all care settings of the hospital. Learn more about preparing your child for anesthesia.
Our pediatric anesthesiologists provide an array of services for children of all ages, including:
- Preoperative screening
- Anesthesia management for all surgical procedures in the hospital’s main operating rooms
- Anesthesia management for all outpatient surgery at the Scarborough Surgery Center
- Sedation and brief general anesthesia for diagnostic procedures
- Neonatal and pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) services
- Acute and chronic pain management services