Members of the anesthesiology research department have significantly contributed to the national and international pediatric anesthesia body of literature. Contributions include:
Since 2005 the department has steadily increased its academic pursuits and output over each successive year.
- 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.
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.