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SmartTots – Perspectives from the Front Lines
Millions of children undergo surgery annually. Recent studies suggest there may be reason for concern. This video, featuring Dr. Dean Andropoulos, Dr. Peter Davis, and Dr. Caleb Ing, provides a summary as to why research is needed and the type that is needed.
SmartTots to Help Make Anesthetics and Sedatives Safer for Children
Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Michael Roizen, of the International Anesthesia Research Society, unveil a new partnership that aims to make anesthesia safer for children.
Pediatric Anesthesia Questions and Myths-Mayo Clinic
Dr. Randall Flick at Mayo Clinic “debunks myths” and answers common questions raised by parents in regard to anesthesia.
Abstract A substantial body of research suggests that anesthetic exposure to patients who are very young or very old may impair cognitive, behavioral, and emotional development or recovery. In lower animal models of pre- and postnatal age, anesthetic exposure may...
On Wednesday, December 14, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a Drug Safety Communication warning that; "repeated or lengthy use of general anesthetic or sedation drugs during surgeries or procedures in children younger than three years of...
FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA review results in new warnings about using general anesthetics and sedation drugs in young children and pregnant women
Safety Announcement DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that repeated or lengthy use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs during surgeries or procedures in children younger than 3 years or in pregnant women during their...
Program Officer, SmartTots Public-Private Partnership The International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) is seeking candidates for the position of Program Officer for the IARS-FDA SmartTots Public-Private Partnership. The SmartTots program is a multi-year...
Abstract PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Numerous preclinical studies have shown that general anesthetics adversely influence the development of young brains. These adverse effects are dose-dependent occurring in specific stages of brain development. Histologic examinations show...
The development and refinement of practices for the safe administration of anesthesia to children is a major success story in modern medicine. During the past several decades, there have been significant improvements in safety standards, cardiopulmonary monitoring,...
In the Media
A Less Risky Anesthesia for Babies
- SmartTots Urges Continued Research on Possible Effects of Anesthesia on Young Children; Issues Supplement to Recent Consensus Statement
- Anesthetic-Related Neurotoxicity in Children – ASA Works in Close Cooperation With FDA and Others to Advance Research