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Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Acute Pain Service

The Acute Pain Service (APS) is a consultative service that is called by a patient's primary care team to help manage pain while the patient is in hospital. Many patients seen by the Acute Pain Service have postoperative pain. The team is also consulted by pediatricians to assist with patients who suffer from pain related to their medical conditions. Common examples are sickle cell disease, mucositis from chemotherapy, cancer pain and major burn injuries.

Common techniques used to manage acute pain include: 

    • Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA)
    • Epidural analgesia
    • Nerve blocks
    • Continuous and intermittent intravenous administration of various opioids
    • Other pain medications

Each of these techniques may have specific advantages or disadvantages for an individual patient. A consultant anesthesiologist carefully reviews and assesses each patient's situation before deciding on a pain management plan. We conduct daily clinical rounds and are available 24 hours a day to adjust or modify the plan. 

The Acute Pain Team consists of a team of anesthesiologists and advanced practice nurses who work together to ensure that each patient's pain is addressed and managed in accordance with state of the art methods and evidence based practices. Thousands of children have been managed by the APS, and we believe that proper pain management will result in a positive hospitalization experience and leads to a faster recovery.  After all, proper pain management is an inherent right for every child, and when there is no pain, we all gain.