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Anesthesiologists are perioperative physicians, which means that their practice encompasses the entire surgical experience from pre-surgery evaluation to general or regional anesthesia, to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), intensive care unit, or outpatient surgery setting.
Our anesthesiologists take care of the entire spectrum of patients at Sacred Heart Medical Center, including newborns and elderly patients, who may have a wide range of surgeries and medical conditions. It's not unusual for an anesthesiologist to care for patients of all ages and in several surgical specialties in a single day.
Our Quality Assurance (QA) program is one of the most sophisticated in the country. Every patient is followed and every complication is identified using our QA program, which is based on the recommendations of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
A visit to the Anesthesia Clinic is a necessary step prior to your surgery in preparation for your hospital stay.
The SPA is where you will check in on the day of your surgery. It is located on the third floor of Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Parking is available in parking garage S, located immediately north of the main hospital.
Patients served in the SPA admitting area include one-month old infants through senior adults. A nursing assessment and health history are combined to formulate a plan of care for patients undergoing a surgical procedure within any specialty, diagnostic gastrointestinal endoscopy, nerve block, photo dynamic therapy (PDT), bronchoscopy, electro convulsive therapy (ECT), or nerve conduction studies of botox injection.
Registered Nurses admit patients by assessing/reassessing pain level, health history, updating medical history, updating surgical/anesthesia history, and coordinating patient-specific information to complete the patient chart prior to a procedure.
Phase II staff care for patients who will be discharged the same day following a surgical procedure, a local anesthetic, or moderate sedation. The SPA staff will provide discharge teaching for patients and families, verbally and in writing. Patients receive prescriptions, along with written discharge instructions from the anesthesia staff, and specific physician instructions according to procedure performed. The staff also follows up with patients via phone 24 hours post-operatively.
Whether you are with us for several days or just a few hours, your comfort and peace of mind are important to us. If you have questions not answered here, please speak with your nurse and doctor, so we can help you with your needs.
Pain control after surgery may be a very important issue for you. Our staff is specially trained in working with patients and their doctors to help reduce pain. If you have any concerns about post-surgical pain, please discuss them with your surgeon or anesthesiologist.
Before your surgery, be sure to talk with your doctor and nurse about what you may need after your hospital stay.
You may need: