Pain control

Why we measure it - Reducing pain and anxiety is a major part of anesthesia care. To help us understand how we are doing, we get feedback from patients and parents through a survey. We use this feedback to find ways to help control pain and anxiety.


What this means - A team of caregivers who are experts in treating pain are available at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. These pain specialists use a variety of advanced pain treatment methods which increase the patient's comfort level and increase the family's satisfaction level since the child is more comfortable.

About the data - These data reflect the percentage of patients and families who responded "Yes, always" to the survey question, "Did the hospital staff do everything they could to help control your child's pain?" The response options for this question are: yes always; yes; somewhat; no.

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How we 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.
  • We are recognized nationally for driving many innovations in monitoring patients before, during and after surgery.
  • We continue to set standards around the world for noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring which ensures the body is receiving enough oxygen and nutrients through the blood.
  • Our pain management team uses the latest equipment and therapies and has access to subspecialty teams which include, critical care, orthopedics, neurosurgical, cardiac and complex airway management.
  • Our Family Advisory Committee is made up of parents, partner providers and hospital staff who work together to improve our communication methods, quality of care and hospital services.
  • We encourage an open dialogue and value feedback and opinions which are used to make impactful changes that benefit our patients.

Pain management

  • Managing pain in newborns, infants and children is a delicate process and requires the expertise that only pediatric anesthesiologists can provide. We offer many options for pain management which include administering medications through epidural catheters, injecting medicine into the nerves to block pain, and controlling pain through patient and parent-controlled devices safely and effectively.
  • We recognize that most patients and families have a lot of anxiety about surgery and anesthesia. Excessive anxiety before a surgical procedure can negatively affect the recovery time after surgery. When necessary, we give a sedative to the child before surgery to help them relax. This promotes a faster recovery after surgery and allows them to resume their daily activities sooner.
  • Our Child Life specialists help calm and relax your child before and after a procedure. They offer distraction and relaxation techniques such as listening to music, watching movies, and playing with games or toys to help your child cope with a surgery or procedure.