Comfort and Safety for Surgery
Throughout the surgical process, from pre-surgical admission until a patient is moved into recovery, Akron General anesthesiologists work with surgeons, other specialists and a team of nurses to ensure the patient's safety and comfort. Most people think that an anesthesiologist simply administers the medication called anesthesia, which helps patients fall asleep for a surgery and remain pain-free. Anesthesiologists play another important role on the surgical team. They work with the surgical team to ensure that vital body functions, such as breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and brain and kidney functions, are stable and at safe levels during procedure.
Before surgery, the anesthesiologist evaluates the patient's medical condition. He or she then creates an individualized plan for care to monitor the patient's organ systems and administer anesthetic medication during the procedure and recovery. An anesthesiologist manages and treats medical issues just before surgery, during the procedure and while the patient is in recovery. An irregular heart rhythm or diabetes are just two types of conditions, the anesthesiologist must take into consideration.
During a surgery or procedure, an anesthesiologist may administer medication so that the patient is completely asleep, or they may give the patient just a regional nerve block, so that they are conscious and able to answer questions or perform certain tasks. An epidural, given during delivery of a baby, is just one example of a regional nerve block.
A Team Approach to Care during Surgery and Recovery
At Akron General, a team of more than 35 nurse anesthetists are available to assist an anesthesiologist in monitoring and caring for the patient. With an advance practice nursing degree, nurse anesthetists are specially trained to understand patients needs during and after surgery, help monitor their vital signs during procedures and care for them afterwards.
After surgery, patients are typically moved to a special recovery unit, called the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) until they have recovered from the effects of the anesthesia medication. Here, additional monitoring and staffing ensures that recovery is progressing and that patients remain safe and comfortable.
What Patients Should Know About Billing
Anesthesiology physicians at Akron General are a part of Anesthesiology Associates of Akron, Inc., a group of physicians specializing in anesthesiology and pain management. Patients undergoing surgery or pain management procedures should expect to receive separate statements from Akron General Medical Center and for services provided by your anesthesiologist or anesthesiologist group, since most anesthesiologists are not employees of Akron General Medical Center, but are independent practitioners.