Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Team
Our team provides anesthesia to children undergoing heart surgery, cardiac catheterization procedures and electrophysiology (EP) studies.
The doctors and nurses on the pediatric cardiac anesthesia team have special training in giving anesthesia to children with heart problems. We provide this service for children of all ages, from newborns to young adults. Our main goal is to ensure your child’s safety and comfort.
What do anesthesiologists do?
Anesthesiologists use medicines to block pain safely and to make your child comfortable during surgeries, tests or other procedures. Our anesthesiologists work closely with the surgeons and the heart doctors (cardiologists).
During heart surgery, when your child is in deep sleep, the team monitors more than 20 of your child’s vital functions, including blood pressure, temperature, heart function and oxygen levels in the blood. The anesthesiologist will follow your child throughout the procedure until your child is transferred to the care of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), Intensive Care Unit, or recovery room team.
What is special about the experience at Seattle Children’s?
Each member of our team has special training and years of experience with the way anesthesia affects infants, children and young adults with heart problems.
Before the procedure, a member of the cardiac anesthesia team will meet with your family to make sure that your child is physically ready for the planned operation and to answer any questions.
During this pre-operation meeting, the anesthesiologist will discuss the anesthetic plan with you. The plan includes how your child will fall asleep, what kind of monitoring lines will be placed and the plan for pain medication or sedation after the procedure.
Who’s on the team?
We have a team of expert pediatric anesthesiologists assisted by fellows, nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners. The team includes Drs. Michael Eisses, Jeremy Geiduschek, Michael Richards, Denise Joffe, Douglas Thompson and Gregory Latham.
Contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2015 for a referral, a second opinion or more information.