February 24th, 2017Contact Person: David Rosen MD FRCPC
Chair, Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, University of Ottawa
401 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8L1
Statement: The Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society (CPAS) has endorsed the SmartTots consensus statement regarding anesthesia safety in young children.
Canadian pediatric anesthesiologists use the best available evidence to inform patient care. Clinical decisions are made in consultation with patients, their families, and specialists requesting procedures under anesthesia.
The timing of any treatment or investigation performed under anesthesia in young children should be carefully considered. Discussions should include the risks and benefits of the procedure as well as those of anesthesia. Recent Canadian studies looking at outcomes after anesthesia in children have been reassuring. In light of this, discussions should also include the potential for harm in delaying procedures based solely on concerns about anesthetic neurotoxicity.
We recommend discussing any concerns about potential neurotoxicity of anesthetic medications or any other aspect of anesthesia with your anesthesiologist. For more information on this consensus statement, please visit:
The Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society (CPAS) / Société d'anesthésie Pédiatrique Canadienne (SAPC) is the organization that represents pediatric anesthesiologists in Canada.
CPAS interacts with the broader Canadian Anesthesia community through its role as the Pediatric Section of the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society. Incorporated in 2004, CPAS had its roots in a series of anesthesia meetings initially held in Atlantic Canada.
Once every two years, CPAS hosts a free-standing pediatric anesthesia meeting with content aimed at specialty pediatric anesthetic practice.