When we are in the operating room (OR), our responsibilities include the medical management and anesthetic care of the patient throughout the surgical procedure. Because each patient’s anesthetic needs differ, we carefully match these needs to the patient’s medical condition, his/her response to anesthesia and the surgical requirements.
While in the OR, we:
- Provide continual medical assessment of the patient
- Monitor and maintain the patient’s vital life functions, such as heart rate and rhythm, breathing, blood pressure, body temperature, and body fluid balance
- Monitor and adjust the patient’s level of unconsciousness to make conditions ideal for a safe, pain-free, and successful surgery
To learn more about anesthesia during surgery, see "Anesthesia During Surgery" (next drop down tab).
Patients are transferred to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (also know as the PACU or Recovery Room) after surgery, where they fully recover from the anesthesia’s effects under the watchful and expert eye of skilled nursing personnel and one of our anesthesiologists. Our experience and knowledge allow us to determine when the patient is stable enough to be moved to a regular room in the medical facility, or has sufficiently recovered to be sent home following outpatient surgery.
After surgery, we consult and recommend pain-relieving medication and techniques that are best for each patient. Given our specialty training, we are uniquely qualified to recommend and administer drug therapies for acute, chronic, cancer and childbirth pain. During childbirth, we manage the care of two people, providing pain relief with epidural or spinal blocks for the mother while managing her life functions, as well as those of her baby.