The Anesthesia Department provides anesthesia coverage 24 hours a day to all age groups from infants to geriatrics. Anesthesia coverage is provided for elective surgical cases during the scheduled hours, all emergency procedures requiring the presence of anesthesia personnel, and non-surgical events in the ICU and Family Birthing Center and procedures requiring deep sedation as requested by attending physician, such as MRI, cardiac catherization, endoscopy, and radiology.
All patients receiving service from a member of the Anesthesia Department will have a pre-anesthesia assessment done by a member of the anesthesia team. This assessment includes a patient/family interview with a brief medical/surgical history, a drug history, an anesthesia history, a review of pertinent labs and tests, and a physical examination as indicated. A determination then is made as to the type of anesthetic and choice of drugs and agents that best meet the needs of the patient. The patient's emotional/psychological status is also considered when the decision is being made. Based upon the type of anesthesia selected, education is provided and discharge teaching is given that will be reinforced at a later time. Determinations to change services is based upon patient satisfaction results, community feedback, professional literature and resources, and staff input including that of medical staff.
Anesthesiologists must be board eligible or board certified and meet all other Medical Staff criteria per the bylaws. Nurse Anesthetist must be certified or eligible to take the certification exam and must be approved by the state to practice as an APRN and meet all the requirements for Allied Health Professionals per Medical Staff Bylaws.