Editors: Bharathi Gourkanti, Irwin Gratz, Grace Dippo, Nathalie Peiris, Dinesh K. Choudhry

Pediatric Anesthesia: A Guide for the Non-Pediatric Anesthesia Provider Part I

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ISBN: 978-981-5036-28-2 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-5036-27-5 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2022
DOI: 10.2174/97898150362751220101


Pediatric Anesthesia: A Guide for the Non-Pediatric Anesthesia is a comprehensive, contemporary reference that addresses all aspects of pediatric anesthesia. Both students and medical practitioners – novice and experienced - will find invaluable educational and practical information in this book. The book covers the subject in two parts.

Part I covers basic information about pediatric and neonatal anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, emergency room and operating room procedures and surgery. Chapters on general anesthetic procedures in emergency rooms, operational theatres and common surgeries.

Part II covers advanced topics for practicing healthcare professionals which include anesthesia for patients with a range of common and uncommon comorbidities, considerations for critically-ill patients, genetic disorders, pain management, COVID-19 guidelines for anesthesia, patient safety and research.

Key features:

- Basic and advanced information about pediatric and neonatal anesthesia covered in 25 chapters over two parts

- Simple and organized presentation for learners

- Contributions by expert clinicians and researchers

- Special topics included such as considerations for patients with comorbidities and genetic disorders

- References for further reading

- Detailed illustrations and tables

The text is an essential reference for scholars and professionals affiliated with general anesthesiology and surgery specialties at all levels who want to understand anesthesia for pediatric patients.


I have been practicing the art and science of anesthesia for almost three decades, and for the past 23 years as a pediatric anesthesiologist. It is my strong belief that providing anesthesia for children is not just a job; it is a privilege. Parents trust anesthesia providers with their child’s life, which they value more than their own lives. Guarding a child’s life, taking charge of their care, and handing them back safely to their family is a great honor and an immense responsibility. When I was approached to edit a textbook on pediatric anesthesia, I did not wish to produce a formal or standard text, but to make it more informative, clinically oriented, practical, and user-friendly.


Though this is written for general anesthesia providers who occasionally are required to provide pediatric anesthesia, many others who provide pediatric anesthesia, sedation, pain control, resuscitation, or emergency care may also benefit. This book is an excellent starting point for providers in training, and a handy clinical reference for those who are many years into clinical practice. Our goal is to provide a source with the most critical and clinically relevant information that can be easily referenced by a busy practitioner in the middle of the night.


Every member of the anesthesia care team has a unique perspective and an abundance of knowledge to share. Our editors and contributors include board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists, general anesthesiologists who occasionally treat children, pediatric anesthesia fellows in training, anesthesia residents, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Our collective knowledge and teamwork have given this text its unique and approachable voice.


Our goal in this book was to present the scientific data as it relates to current clinical practice in an approachable and easily understood fashion. The information presented ranges from basic topics that will be useful for residents and nurses preparing for their exams, to a comprehensive analysis of the current controversies and common practices in pediatric anesthesia. We summarize the information into tables, figures, and illustrations where possible for easy reference. We review the key differences in a pediatric patient’s anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology for those providers accustomed to treating adults, and outline how to modify anesthetic techniques accordingly. We highlight topics critical to the safe perioperative care of infants and children. A thorough discussion of the management of common pediatric comorbidities is included, and commonly encountered anesthetic complications and their treatments are presented.


I am extremely grateful to all the contributors for bringing their invaluable knowledge, various points of view, and unique expertise to this book.

I thank my co-editors Dr. Irwin Gratz, Dr. Grace Dippo, Dr. Nathalie Peiris and Dr. Dinesh K. Choudhry, for their knowledge, competence, patience, and scrupulous attention to detail to make this manuscript more meaningful.

My warmest thanks to Hira Aftab, Manager-Publications, and our Project Coordinator whose unrelenting support has helped make this project possible.

Finally, I would like to thank Bentham Science for providing the opportunity to create this body of work.


In summary, we designed this book for all those who routinely or occasionally provide pediatric anesthesia with theoretical, clinical, and practical knowledge, and a readily available quick reference.

We sincerely hope this book will be of help to you in providing the safe practice of pediatric anesthesia.

Bharathi Gourkanti
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology,
Department of Anesthesiology,
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University,
Cooper University Health Care,
Camden, NJ,