Anesthesia

  • Pre-Anesthesia Consultation Clinic

    The Department of Anesthesia at Cincinnati Children’s established the Pre-Anesthesia Consultation Clinic (PACC) to better serve our patients who have complex needs. Our patients and their needs come first, and we want to provide patients and families with answers to questions and concerns. We also want the day of surgery to proceed smoothly, so we’ve put procedures in place to help you.

    What patients should make an appointment?

    Children who are having the following operations should be seen at the Pre-Anesthesia Consultation Clinic:

    • Spine surgery for patients with other medical problems
    • Airway reconstruction
    • Major chest surgery
    • Major abdominal surgery
    • Major neurosurgery

    Also, if your child has special medical needs, an appointment should be made.

    Patients with the following medical conditions should be seen at the clinic:

    • Complex heart disease
    • Serious respiratory disease, such as severe asthma and cystic fibrosis and patients requiring ventilator support or oxygen therapy
    • Aerodigestive patients who are new to Cincinnati Children’s
    • Complex airway patients
    • Patients with Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Cervical spine instability and patients in a neck brace
    • Hunter’s disease
    • Hurler’s syndrome
    • Morbid obesity
    • Living related organ donors
    • Transplant recipients
    • Patients presenting with special ethical issues, for example, religious objections to blood transfusion or end-of-life decisions

    When should the appointment be made?

    You can schedule your appointment with the Pre-Anesthesia Consultation Clinic when you are making other physician or clinic visits. We want to make this convenient for our patients and families.

    What can you expect during your appointment?

    An anesthesiologist will review your child’s medical problems and discuss important issues, including our anesthesia plans. We’ll make sure to answer all of your questions.

    Make an appointment

    Call Sarah Hickman at the Pre-Anesthesia Consultation Clinic, 513-803-0645 to schedule your visit. We would like to see you one to two weeks before the operation.