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December 13, 2011

Qatar Update: Perioperative Services

In 2010, SickKids began a historic five-year partnership with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) to create a state-of-the-art children’s hospital in Doha, Qatar. Read about the project and the SickKids staff experience, one of our major project milestones, research and nursing education and training.

A focused, high-performing perioperative team is essential for young patients and their families to have a positive surgical experience. In perioperative services, a multidisciplinary surgical team provides care for a patient during the immediate pre-operative/ pre-anesthesia, intra-operative and immediate post-operative periods.

SickKids has been working with HMC to develop paediatric  perioperative services for the New Children’s Hospital in Doha. A multidisciplinary committee, supported by SickKids, was established to focus on improving clinical practice, education and research. Committee members will be using evidence-based action plans founded on best practice and using a family-centred care approach.  

“Our committee’s vision is to develop sustainable, world-class, family-centred and culturally sensitive perioperative services for children,” says Patricia Rutherford, Senior Project Manager, Perioperative Services, Qatar.

As the transition to the new hospital will require the relocation of paediatric perioperative patients, this committee will also support the needs of children and clinicians and prepare them for the move.

Adding to the excitement building around perioperative services is the recent appointment of Dr. Mansour Ahmed Ali as the Chair of the Paediatric Perioperative Services for HMC.  SickKids will continue to support Dr. Mansour as he provides clinical leadership in bringing together perioperative services for the best care for paediatric patients at HMC.
A second exciting focus is the establishment of a Paediatric Pain Service using an inter-professional collaborative model.  The new Paediatric Pain Executive Committee will be working together to review current practices at HMC and standardizing paediatric pain protocols.