Anesthesia is administered during surgery to keep the patient comfortable, safe and to provide the maximum surgical exposure for the surgeon so the medical procedure can be performed in the best manner. The anesthesia team also monitors the patient's blood pressure, EKG and oxygen level during surgery to detect any difficulties that may arise.
During the post-operative phase of surgery, the anesthesia team is at the patient's side to combat pain issues and to monitor the patient's physiological condition. This can be a time of critical importance to the recovery process. Ensuring proper pain control is a main concern to all involved in the surgical process.
MRMC Department of Anesthesia
"When most people think about anesthesiology, they think about surgery," said Dr. Ben King, Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia. "Our team covers a wide range of complex cases throughout the hospital, from surgery and obstetrical services, to pain management and emergency care.
In some areas, it is necessary for the team to provide 24-hour coverage. Other areas where anesthesiology is part of the care team include the services of neurology, vascular, urology, cardiology, orthopaedic, gynecology, and ear, nose and throat surgery."
"We have 27 full time CRNAs in the main operating room in addition to four full-time CRNAs in obstetrical services," said Keith Torgersen, Director of Anesthesia and a CRNA.
"In obstetrical services, our team is there to administer epidurals and medications for labor and cesarean sections and to assist with post-operative care. Our CRNAs are often called to the hospital floors to assist nursing staff with IV insertion and other patient care needs."
"We also have an anesthesiologist in pain management," said Dr. King. "These physicians treat hospital inpatients and patients of the pain clinic. The majority of patients seen in pain management have more chronic than acute situations. These patients are usually receiving epidurals or selective nerve injections."