Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Young Investigator Award Announced

On March 14, 2015, Dr. Brad Taicher was presented with the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia’s 2015 Young Investigator Award for his study entitled, “Caudal Anesthesia is Associated with Increased Risk of Postoperative Surgical Complications in Boys Undergoing Hypospadias Repair.”  This project found that caudal anesthesia was independently associated with surgical wound dehiscence and fistula formation.  Collaborating with pediatric anesthesiologists Drs. Allison Ross and John Eck as well as pediatric urologists Drs. Jon Routh and John Wiener, Taicher reviewed 13 years worth of data from one surgeon and identified local risk factors for postoperative complications.  Hypospadias is one of the more common urological surgeries in children, and caudal anesthesia is often utilized as an adjunct.  There are several large studies that have demonstrated its safety and its efficacy, and while serious anesthesia related complications from caudal anesthesia are very rare, the impact on surgical complications has not been formally investigated.  Taicher’s study lays the groundwork for future collaboration and investigation in this area.