Patient care is an important responsibility, one that every health professional takes seriously. Surgery is only one type of treatment, but it is one of the most delicate.

Anesthesiologists are there to make surgery less unpredictable by sedating the patient, keeping them safe and providing adequate breathing mechanisms while they are immobile, and making sure that they recover from the effects of the anesthetic agents without complications.

What is Anesthesiology?

Anesthesiology is not just about administering anesthetics to the patients. This department deals with the total pain management and relief of discomfort for the patient starting at admission, right down to the operating room and with continued strict monitoring after surgery.

Patient assessment is strictly adhered to, especially during and after surgery. This monitoring gives the anesthesiologist an understanding of the combination and dosage of anesthesia that would best suit the patient based on their weight, age, medical condition and medical history. This is a continuous process that requires strict attention to detail and conscientiousness.

The anesthesiologist is responsible for the patient’s safety while sedated, monitoring the patient’s vital signs during surgery. Ventilation is an indispensable part of the body’s mechanisms, and for the patient to come out of surgery complication-free, adequate ventilation with the right combination of respiratory gases is very important. As the procedure progresses, anesthesiologists may need to make adjustments to ensure that patients remain comfortable.

Post-surgical, post-anesthesia care is critical too. After surgery, patients are transferred to the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) where the patient should recover from the effect of anesthesia and regain full consciousness after surgery. This recovery time is also closely monitored and the patient’s condition assessed to prevent any complications.

The Anesthesiologists ensure that the following happens:

  • Total perioperative care of patients: pre, during and post-surgery.
  • Optimal pain management with the best treatment plan for the patient, taking their unique needs into consideration
  • Keeping patients ventilated with the right concentrations and mixes or respiratory gases while under the anesthetic influence
  • A cohesive hospital environment for patients
  • Symbiotic relationship with other health professionals for optimal patient care
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Anesthesia Care Team and Anesthesiology Department

Anesthesiology is not just a profession with one set of specialists. Directed by a physician anesthesiologist, the Anesthesia Care Team and the Anesthesiologydepartment works in tandem with trained professionals who execute on all the different aspects of anesthesiology including pain management, administration of anesthesia and patient monitoring. Members of the Anesthesia Care Team and the Anesthesiology Department work together to provide the optimal anesthesia experience for all patients.

Anesthesiologists are doctors who specialize in anesthesia and its applications in different forms.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetics (CRNA) are registered nurses with postgraduate training. They are licensed to provide anesthetic care when there is no doctor or work in tandem with the doctor to give the optimal patient care.

Anesthetic Assistants work under the guidance of the trained medical personnel on the team. They assist in patient care.
These professionals are only one part of the mechanism that keeps the hospital running smoothly, but they are indispensable.

We’re Minimally Invasive at Saint Camillus Medical Center

Often times, surgery will be a last resort for any musculoskeletal issues after medication and physical therapy has been previously tried to treat your issue. Should you require surgery, the surgeons at Saint Camillus Medical Center focus primarily on minimally invasive surgery and techniques to help treat your injuries and manage your pain while providing for the best possible outcome for your case. Minimally invasive procedures can help reduce pain and allow for a quicker recovery time. Orthopedic surgeons can also perform a variety of arthroscopic procedures, which allow them to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside of a joint. Additionally, our doctors at Saint Camillus Medical Center can help manage your entire care from advice about pain management including medication and/or injections, rehabilitation and physical therapy including a potential time frame, and ongoing orthopedic care and treatment.