The J.C. Blair Anesthesia Department is a 24 hour/365 days a year service providing anesthesia to anyone in need of this expertise.
Care for the Patient
The anesthesiologist is the physician who provides medical care to each patient throughout the entire surgical experience. This includes evaluating the patient before surgery, consulting with the surgical team, providing pain control and supporting life functions during surgery, supervising care after surgery and discharging the patient from the recovery unit.
Anesthesiologists play a vital role in determining a patient’s medical readiness for surgery. They are unique in their advanced knowledge of both the medical illnesses a patient undergoing surgery may suffer, as well as the effects on the body of the specific operation to be performed. The anesthesiologist’s pre-anesthesia testing may be very brief depending on the overall health of the patient and the urgency of the surgery. In all cases, the anesthesiologist performs a medical history and physical examination, reviews available laboratory and test results, and assesses the need for additional testing prior to proceeding with surgery.
Operating Room Care
In the operating room, the anesthesia team is responsible for the medical management and anesthetic care of the patient throughout the the surgery. The anesthesiologist must carefully match the anesthetic needs of each patient to that patient’s medical condition, responses to anesthesia and the requirements of the surgery.
At J.C. Blair , anesthesiologists work with the nurse anesthetists who have been trained in the technical administration of anesthetics.
Anesthesiologists have important functions outside of the operating room, but the majority of their vital work takes place in the surgical suite. Their main roles during surgery are:
- Provide continual medical assessment of the patient
- Monitor and control the patient’s vital life functions, including heart rate and rhythm, breathing, blood pressure, body temperature and body fluid balance
- Control the patient’s pain and level of consciousness to make conditions ideal for a safe and successful surgery
Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) or Recovery Room
After surgery, patients are transferred to the Postanesthesia Care Unit, where they continue to emerge from the effects of anesthesia under the watchful eyes of the peri-anesthesia nurse with anesthesiologist consultation immediately available. Evidence of recovery is continuously monitored. In most cases, the anesthesiologist decides when the patient has recovered enough to be sent home following outpatient surgery or has been stabilized to be moved to an inpatient room for an extended recovery.
It is very common for anesthesiologists to provide expectant mothers with pain relief during labor and delivery. While many mothers choose to use natural childbirth techniques, the demand for epidural anesthesia for labor and delivery has increased dramatically over the last several years due to the proven safety and benefits of this resource. During childbirth, the anesthesia team manages the care of two patients, providing effective pain relief for the mother while maintaining a high degree of safety for her unborn infant. In most cases, this involves administration of local anesthetics and/or narcotics via spinal or epidural routes. In the event of an emergency cesarean section, the anesthesiologist provides surgical anesthesia while managing the life functions of both the mother and the baby.
Medical Director: Atif Farag, M.D.
Clinical Director: Tonya Brown, CRNA
Phone: (814) 643-8539