Karen Sacks

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BACKGROUND Quality and patient/parent satisfaction are goals for pediatric perioperative services. As part of the implementation of our operating room electronic medical record (EMR), a postoperative phone call questionnaire was developed to assess patients discharged after outpatient surgery. The goal of this initiative was to determine the rate of common(More)
OBJECTIVE Despite increased focus on pediatric pain, uncontrolled pain is still a problem for hospitalized pediatric inpatients. A program was designed to find patients with uncontrolled pain and develop a framework to oversee their pain management. This report details the development of a pain stewardship program with data from the first year of its(More)
BACKGROUND Resistance to the passage of the endotracheal tube (ETT) is frequently encountered in children as it is advanced over the fiberoptic scope for placement into the trachea because it gets hung up at the laryngeal inlet. Literature in adults indicates that a 90° counterclockwise rotation (CCR) of the ETT before advancing results in smooth passage.(More)
BACKGROUND Opioids are the mainstay of therapy for pain relief following posterior spinal fusion (PSF) surgery. Various adjunctive medications are being used to augment analgesia and to reduce opioid-related side effects. At our institution, we have sequentially added 2 adjuncts to a standard morphine patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) regimen. The goal of(More)
BACKGROUND Pain following Nuss procedure is severe and its management is challenging. Many different pain treatment modalities are currently being used, but none of them have been found to be ideal. AIM In this retrospective review, we compare our current multimodal approach, which involves continuous ropivacaine infusion through chest wall catheters(More)
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