Anesthesia and surgery in children: Reducing pain, fear and anxiety

UC Irvine Health webinar

June 25, 2014

Pediatric anesthesiology expert Dr. Zeev Kain, professor with the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care discusses the effects of anesthesia and surgery on children. 

In the webinar, Kain explains the steps he takes to reduce fear, pain and anxiety in children who are facing surgery. Kain is one of the world’s leading experts on improving the quality of life for children and families before, during and after surgical procedures.

This webinar originally aired on June 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST. Find the conversation on Twitter by using #UCIHealthChat.

About the speaker

Zeev Kain, MD, MBA is one of the world’s foremost experts on anesthesia, pain and anxiety in children undergoing surgery. He is a professor with the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care at UC Irvine Health School of Medicine. In collaboration with CHOC Children’s, Kain and his team founded and established the UC Irvine Center on Stress & Health. Research he started at Yale University has revolutionized the care of children in sedation suites and operating rooms throughout the United States and the around the world. With his intervention methods, children no longer enter sedation and surgery suites crying in terror, which reduces post-surgery pain and improves healing. His techniques lower the body’s stress-response to avoid triggering a defensive reaction that slows recovery. Kain’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and involves perioperative care, hematology/oncology, and neonatology. The goal of Kain’s multidisciplinary research team is to transform current practices in healthcare to better help children and families manage pain, anxiety and stress in a medical environment and cope with the burdens of disease. 

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