Quality and Outcomes Reports - Anesthesiology
Anesthesia Duration by Complexity - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee campus
Why we measure it - Research shows that physicians and hospitals that treat a large number of patients tend to provide better care and have improved outcomes, even for complex cases. We assess all patients before surgery using a scoring system called American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status classification. This system helps predict the risk of complications and helps us match patients with the right resources.
What this means - A higher ASA score indicates how sick the patient is and how complex the patient case will be in the operating team. The average complexity at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee campus experienced a decline from 2010 to 2011 but a then a slight increase from 2011 to 2012. Children's Hospital has developed subspecialized surgical programs dedicated to taking care of patients with complicated health care needs that cannot be met elsewhere. An increasing amount of time is being devoted to these more complicated children and procedures. The continuous experience in the care of children with complex medical needs drives better outcomes because our physicians maintain the skills required.
What we're doing to provide the best care:
- Our anesthesiologists are board certified in anesthesiology and have completed at least one additional year of pediatric anesthesiology training or experience. Many staff also has subspecialty training in pediatric critical care, complex medical care and pain management.
- We have 4 to 5 anesthesiologists on call each night to provide specialized and timely care for a range of emergent and urgent cases including cardiac services. We have expert teams on call 24 hours a day to provide coverage for general perioperative anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, services out of the operating room, critical care, pain management and trauma/code response team.
- We are recognized internationally for many innovations in perioperative monitoring including noninvasive oximetric hemodynamic monitoring that permits continuous assessment of oxygen delivery to vital organs and enhances patient safety.
- Team members use the latest equipment and therapies and have access to a variety of subspecialty teams such as pain management, critical care, orthopedics, neurosurgical, cardiac and complex airway management.
- Pediatric anesthesiologists assess all children before surgery. All perioperative anesthesia and pain management is provided or directly supervised by a pediatric anesthesiologist. Although we are a teaching hospital, we have strict limitations on the care provided by anesthesia care team members, which includes nurse practitioners, fellows and residents.
- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, certified by the American College of Surgeons. This certification means we are able to provide the best possible care to the most critically injured children. It also recognizes that we are involved in injury prevention, research and education.
- Families traveling from long distances are encouraged to use our Family Accommodations Program to make travel arrangements and coordinate appointments. Children's Hospital has partnered with non-profit organizations like Ronald McDonald House and Kathy's House to offer comfortable, "home away from home" accommodations. Local hotel chains on our referral list also offer discounts for patient families.
Patients and families:
- Take a virtual tour, which will help prepare patients and families for the procedure and hospital stay.
- Follow all eating and drinking restrictions before surgery.
- Referring physicians can access our specialists for consultation or transport 24 hours a day. Call our physician referral line at (800) 266-0366.
- Health care providers from outside of our southeastern Wisconsin service area are encouraged to use our web-based
e-Consult service. This service is available for non-urgent patient cases only and gives providers access to our specialists to review patient cases, obtain medical advice or second opinions, and receive care recommendations for rare symptoms and illnesses.
e-Consult is not to be used by the general public, parents/guardians or families.
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