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Anaesthesiology: what makes us different

We address the fears of the child and the family

At SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, we treat families, not just patients. We are pioneers in using techniques to alleviate the fears and uncertainties of the child and the family before a surgical procedure, in order to prevent severe disorders which may arise from poor management of their fears.

Anguish and fear may even negatively influence the patient's recovery. We therefore work in collaboration with parents as an essential element in decreasing fear and anxiety, and also lessening children's discomfort and pain.

  • Information is the best anxiolytic. The patient and the family meet with the anaesthesiologist to dispel all their doubts before a procedure. Putting ourselves in the shoes of the child and the family is an essential part of our work.
  • We offer parents the option of entering the surgical area so that they may accompany their sleeping child.
  • We were the first in Spain to introduce clowns in the operating theatre to entertain children and alleviate their anxiety before a procedure.
  • We have a Child Life specialist, a nurse and a psychologist who work with the child and the family to alleviate all their fears before entering the operating theatre.
  • To support our commitment to alleviate anxiety and fears, we have also prepared educational materials, such as a story illustrated by Xavier Mariscal.

We are experts in personalised analgesia

  • We provide personalised analgesia during and after surgery. We are experts in adapting anaesthesia to the particular characteristics of each patient and each disease.
  • We are pioneers in using special outpatient pain management techniques in different specialties: oncological surgery, trauma anaesthesia, rare diseases, heart diseases and birth defects, etc.
  • We are experts in performing sedation techniques outside of the surgical area, in order to provide physical and emotional comfort to the child and to allow the professional to perform the test as safely as possible. These techniques are used to conduct diagnostic tests that in adults would be performed without sedation, but that in children require anaesthesia, for example: radiological tests, magnetic resonance imaging, cardiac catheterisation, ophthalmological tests, rehabilitation and biopsies.