Principles of Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care

May 10-12, 2019 | Friday - Sunday
The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, MA

Learning Objectives


At the conclusion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Develop perioperative management strategies for pediatric patients with complex congenital heart disease, with a greater appreciation of the family perspective and how cardiologists manage these patients.
  • Discuss the management of massive hemorrhage in children and be better equipped to assist with development of a massive hemorrhage protocol in their own institutions.
  • Identify the benefits and risks of using electronic devices in the operating room.
  • Develop risk management strategies by learning the recently analyzed pediatric data of the American Society of Anesthesiologist's Closed Claims Project, best practices to avoid a lawsuit, how to deal better with a deposition, and the "hot spots" in anesthesia risk.
  • Recognize why patients anesthetized in non-operating room environments are at increased risk and how to develop safer management strategies.
  • Describe the risks and provide safer anesthetic practice for the obese adolescent, particularly as this population is increasing.
  • Classify updates in the management of pediatric trauma, sepsis, sedation and delirium, and the latest clinical trials in pediatric critical care.
  • Determine treatment options to effectively manage pain and determine when and how to use regional blocks in pediatric patients.
  • Identify the evidence for use of medical marijuana and the perioperative management of patients taking marijuana.
  • Recognize pain transmission and processing in neonates and the implications for perioperative management.
  • Identify safe techniques to obtain peripheral and central vascular access with the use of ultrasound in the pediatric patient.
  • Evaluate children with a difficult airway.
Pediatric Airway Workshop Objectives (Included in general tuition)

At the conclusion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate various pediatric syndromes and their implications in airway management.
  • Consider various methods in managing the difficult pediatric airway.
  • Enhance skills in pediatric airway management in a hands-on simulation workshop.
Point-of-Care Ultrasound Workshop (Optional and Fee Required)
Point-of-care ultrasound is an increasingly valuable tool in the perioperative management of pediatric patients. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be familiar with the basic concepts of the ultrasound technique, basic physics, and the use of appropriate transducers. Participants will gain knowledge in the use of ultrasound to evaluate ventricular function and volume status. Participants will also gain practical skills in using ultrasound to evaluate endotracheal intubation and the presence of a full stomach. In addition, participants will recognize how to evaluate for the presence of pneumothorax and pleural effusion.

At the conclusion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basic concept of the ultrasound technique, basic physics, and the selection of appropriate transducers.
  • Recognize how to use ultrasound to evaluate ventricular function and filling.
  • Identify how ultrasound can be used to assess for a pneumothorax, endotracheal intubation and a full stomach.
Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access (Optional and Fee Required)
At the conclusion of this workshop participants will become familiar with the basic concept of the ultrasound technique, settings optimization, ultrasound anatomy, and the technique of ultrasound-guided cannulation. A 30 minute lecture will be targeted at those with minimal ultrasound experience while the majority of the workshop will allow hands on training identifying landmarks and targets on live pediatric models and practice cannulation on synthetic simulators.

At the conclusion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basic concept of the ultrasound technique, basic physics, and the use of appropriate transducers.
  • Identify the most useful vessels for cannulation in difficult IV patients.
  • Practice the technical skills of in-plane and out-of-plane ultrasound-guided cannulation.
Pediatric Regional Anesthesia Workshop (Optional and Fee Required)

Learning ultrasound techniques and acquiring skills about common and new nerve blocks for pediatric patients in the Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) era.

Appropriate pain control in the perioperative period is of the utmost importance in the pediatric population. Regional anesthesia is an important component of the current multimodal approach to perioperative pain management. ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) guidelines emphasize the importance of adequate pain management and early mobilization of the patient and encourages opioid sparing techniques. Currently, the best opioid sparing technique available to pediatric anesthesiologists are neuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks.

Although more research is necessary, we consider that regional anesthesia techniques offer many advantages in the perioperative period. Regional anesthesia decreases the amount of general anesthetic, provides pain relief, and decreases the utilization of opioids with their side effects, facilitating early mobilization and early oral intake, potentially helping to decrease hospital length of stay and costs.

Many regional anesthesia techniques have been developed in the last decade thanks to the current use of ultrasound. Ultrasound has increased the success and safety of regional anesthesia techniques. This workshop is designed for anesthesia practitioners with basic knowledge of ultrasound who want to learn more about peripheral nerve blocks commonly used in pediatric patients and acquire knowledge of newly developed blocks and their application in the pediatric population.

Learning Objectives

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of the basic anatomic and ultrasound principles for image acquisition and optimization while practicing on pediatric models.
  • Review the important anatomic landmarks and sonoanatomy required to perform common, advanced and novel blocks in children (including paravertebral (PV), Pectoralis (PECs), Erector Spinae (ESP), Lumbar Plexus (LP), Fascia Iliaca (FI), and Quadratus Lumborum (QL).
  • Recognize the indications, contraindications and possible complications of common and newly developed blocks in pediatric patients.
  • Discuss the technical recommendations for the successful placement of nerve blocks (tips and tricks about patient position, transducer manipulation and movements, needle alignment).
  • Compare different clinical models of pediatric regional anesthesia programs from experts in the top programs in the country.
Acupuncture Workshop (Optional and Fee Required)

The National Institutes of Health suggests that the use of acupuncture results in satisfactory treatment for nausea/vomiting, post-surgery pain, addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma. Acupuncture can be integrated in pediatric perioperative care and pain practice. Attendees of this workshop will attend a brief didactic lecture and will go through acupuncture teaching modules. Ample time will allow attendees to participate in hands-on demonstration of acupuncture and related techniques.

  • Describe the history and theory of acupuncture.
  • Recognize scientific evidence of acupuncture practice.
  • Describe acupuncture meridian and micro-system paradigms.
  • Incorporate acupuncture in pediatric peri-operative anesthesia care and pain medicine.


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