Duration by complexity - Milwaukee

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.

About the data - These data reflect the total number of anesthesia hours based on the ASA score for patients at Children's Hospital campus as recorded in our operating room data system. The America Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical score is an assessment tool which measures the complexity of an illness. It also classifies the illness into different categories and determines requirements for higher levels of care and assesses the risk of complications.

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How we provide the best care

  • We have 35 board-certified anesthesiologists with subspecialty training in pediatric anesthesiology.
  • We have the expertise to sedate children safely and effectively. Sedatives are powerful medicines and having experts trained in pediatric anesthesiology makes surgical procedures much safer for your child.
  • Our expert teams are on call 24 hours a day to provide services for general anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, critical care, pain management and trauma/code response team. We typically have  four or five anesthesiologists on call each night to care for urgent and emergency cases.
  • Our doctors spend quality time with all of our patients. They may take one patient safely through a complex operation lasting many hours or care for 20 patients undergoing short procedures which require less of their time. Our priority is to perform our sedations safely and keep each child as comfortable as possible.
  • Our specialists sedate 200 to 1,400 children a year. Sedation levels are based on the child's medical need. To maintain our performance at the highest level, we follow state-of-the-art care standards to accommodate our diverse range of pediatric patients.
  • 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.
  • Our pediatric anesthesiologists check all children before surgery. All perioperative anesthesia and pain management is provided or directly supervised by a pediatric anesthesiologist.