In the Anaesthesiology Department at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, we specialise in caring for children and women before, during and after surgical procedures. Our objective is to prevent patients from experiencing pain while they are surrounded by their families in the safest environment possible.
We treat all surgical specialties in children, from birth to 18 years of age, and in women of any age, to meet all their obstetric and gynaecological needs.
Our team consists of physicians and nurses who specialise in Anaesthesiology. Together with the teams from the surgical specialties, we provide planned and emergency care to patients from both Spain and other countries 24 hours a day.
Before a surgical procedure
We perform a medical evaluation of the patient to ensure that performing the surgical procedure is indicated. We offer anxiolytic methods to decrease the fear of the child and the family before an operation, and to prevent severe disorders which may arise from poor management of their fears.
During anaesthesia procedures
We keep the patient under the safest possible conditions with techniques suited to each process, whether common or specialised surgical procedures. We provide personalised analgesia during and after surgery to treat pain.
In collaboration with the Women's Area, we offer pain management alternatives in the more than 4,000 births per year that are overseen at the Hospital. We also provide critical care to women to meet all their obstetric and gynaecological needs.
In the postoperative period
The Anaesthesia Department treats acute pain, mostly postoperative pain, using multiple analgesic techniques:
- Patient-controlled analgesia (children over 6 years of age).
- Nurse-controlled analgesia (children under 6 years of age and non-cooperative children).
- Epidural analgesia.
- Nerve blocks.
- Administration of opioids and other drugs to treat pain.
We have a specific consulting room to treat chronic pain. We collaborate with other specialised departments of the Hospital to treat pain in children with cancer who have undergone amputation. We also have an acupuncture specialist.
The Anaesthesiology Department at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is a leader in Spain in evaluating patients with anxiety, accredited by the Spanish Society of Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation (SEDAR).
We collaborate with multiple international NGOs by sending our professionals to work on projects that they are carrying out in southern countries, such as Honduras and Sierra Leone.