, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 460-463
Date: 05 Oct 2012

Teamwork among pediatric anesthesia and radiology providers at a large tertiary-care children’s hospital: past, present and future

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Introduction

Cooperation and coordination between anesthesia and radiology providers is required to create and maintain a safe, productive and efficient environment in a pediatric radiology department. We describe the important components of a proficient model for collaboration with anesthesia-radiology staff including radiologists, anesthesiologists, nurses and MR imaging technologists at our institution and how policies and procedures have evolved to efficiently deliver safe patient care in a high-volume pediatric radiology department.

Background

Today’s practice of medicine is increasingly complex, with highly technical, system-based, multidisciplinary teams caring for very sick patients. Recent advances in technology and the important role of MR diagnosis in the management of childhood diseases have increased the need for sedation and anesthesia [1]. Procedural sedation in radiology departments has historically been performed under supervision of pediatric radiologists [2, 3], but the ...