RMCHCS’ department of anesthesia provides a wide range of clinical anesthesia and pain management services in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, including the operating room, post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), the emergency department, intensive care unit (ICU) and Labor & Delivery.
A board-certified anesthesiologist and four certified nurse anesthetists (CRNA) are an important part of the RMCHC surgical team and are responsible for the comfort and safety of patients requiring anesthetic services. The team works closely with the surgical and patient care team to assess and treat problems that might arise during surgery and during a patient’s recovery. They participate in preoperative medical and surgical evaluations, regional and general anesthetics, labor epidurals, critical care patient management, postoperative pain management and emergency airway and trauma services.
An anesthesiologist or CRNA meets with the patient before and after surgery to explain the process and any potential side effects.