What IS Anesthesiology

Members of the anesthesiology research department have significantly contributed to the national and international pediatric anesthesia body of literature. Contributions include:

  • Developing and validating the “Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Pain Score” or “CHEOPs” that is cited to be one of the standard tools to measure in-hospital pain in young children.
  • Establishing the association between ketorolac and the increased risk for post tonsillectomy bleeding. This research influenced practice in Canada.
  • Identifying effective drug combinations for the reduction of post-operative nausea and vomiting, a problem that was the number one reason for unexpected admissions in the pediatric ambulatory surgery setting.

Since 2005 the department has steadily increased its academic pursuits and output over each successive year.

Close affiliation with the highly regarded Ottawa Hospital/University of Ottawa high-fidelity simulation center and the Academy for Innovation in Education (AIME)  have enabled them to benefit from the simulation revolution, particularly in the pediatric realm, as a means to study how to ensure competency of healthcare workers.

The group’s clinical research focus is based primarily on post- operative pain management and functional recovery as well as the diagnosis and perioperative management of patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

A research committee has been set up in the department, and it liaises with the University of Ottawa Department of Anesthesiology research committee.