The physicians and nursing staff of the pediatric surgical center/operating room complex care exclusively for children. The Surgery staff's experience and sensitivity to the special needs of children with cancer enable them to perform at an exceptional level of care - using cutting-edge procedures and state-of-the-art equipment for achieving the best outcomes possible.

It is Surgery’s philosophy that the work of the Operating Room, Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), Sedation Team, Procedure Team and Sterile Processing staff are essential to St. Jude’s mission to promote the health of children affected by catastrophic illness and the well-being of their families. Surgery values the staff as contributors to this mission, serving as leaders and integrators of care. Surgery also believes that through the use of the nursing process, the shared responsibility of the physician, the anesthesiologist and other services throughout the hospital, St. Jude ensures continuity of care. Surgery makes a positive difference in the lives of patients and families by providing individualized care, support and education. Surgery’s actions contribute to the health and hope of patients and families.

The Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) and the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN), the professional organizations for the specialties of perioperative nursing, define and establish the national scope of perioperative nursing care. The Scope of Perioperative Nursing Practice at St. Jude involves the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of actual or potential, physical or psychosocial problems that may result from the intrusion of anesthetic agents and techniques occurring in the operating room and throughout the institution.

Procedure Team

The Procedure Team provides nursing care for patients having bone marrow biopsies, bone marrow aspirates, lumbar punctures, intrathecal drug administration, ultrasonic guided biopsies, femoral line placements, VP (ventriculo-peritoneal )  shunt aspirations and PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter ) line placements. General anesthesia is used for the majority of patients having these procedures. The Procedure Team operates under AORN and ASPAN standards of care.

Sedation Team

The Sedation Team provides intensive observation and monitoring of patients undergoing scans or other diagnostic procedures for which an anesthetic agent has been required. The Sedation Team functions under the ASPAN standards for care for the sedated or anesthetized patient.

PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit)

The PACU is designed and staffed to provide intensive observation and care of patients following an operative procedure for which an anesthetic agent has been required. The PACU uses specialized diagnostic monitoring and therapeutic equipment by specially trained physicians, nurses and paraprofessionals. This team of professionals will endeavor to give the highest standard of care to all patients until the patient is stabilized and able to be transferred to his designated nursing unit.