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Children’s National would like to prepare you and your child for your child’s upcoming anesthesia. We want to make the perioperative experience as pleasant as possible, and to assure you that your child’s safety is always our number one concern. Children’s guarantees anesthesia administered by a fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologist, providing specialized care for your child. If your child is having surgery for a cardiac condition, Children’s has a dedicated cardiac anesthesiology team who will care for your child

At the discretion of the anesthesiologist, you may be allowed to be present when your child begins receiving anesthesia. This is generally for patients over one year of age and less than 13 years of age, who cannot be adequately sedated in the preoperative area and who are undergoing non-emergent procedures. Additionally, a Child Life Specialist, nurse or doctor must be available to escort you from the operating room (OR) to the waiting room in order for you to be present in the operating room. 

Additional Information

For children less than one year

For children over one year

For older or cooperative children

For children with special needs

For female patients who are of menstruating age