Anesthesia Care Team
Your anesthesia care team may consist of a physician or nurse anesthetist that is a specialist formally trained in the use of anesthetic drugs and techniques, pain management, and critical care medicine. Your anesthesia team will formulate an anesthetic plan based on the type of surgery you are having. As always, our goal is to minimize the potential risks associated with anesthesia and surgery and to ensure that each patient has a positive experience. Whenever possible (i.e. safe), the wishes and desires of the patient and surgeon regarding the anesthetic plan will be respected.
Before your surgery the anesthesia team will review your medical history and explain your options for anesthesia. During surgery the anesthesia team will monitor you closely and make any necessary interventions to ensure your safety and comfort. Your surgeon and anesthesia team will discuss any special needs you may have for postoperative care.
After graduating from medical school, anesthesiologists participate in hospital-based residency training programs in anesthesiology which last 4 to 6 years. After completing residency training, they are then eligible for board certification as an anesthesiologist. Certification involves high level written and oral examinations conducted a year or more apart. Doctors must renew this certification through examinations every 10 years. All partners of Physicians Anesthesia Associates are board certified. In addition, many physicians are also fellowship trained, which means they have completed additional training in a sub-specialty after residency.
CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist) work with our anesthesiologist as part of the anesthesia care team. After completing nursing school, these RNs are required to perform two years of intensive care unit nursing or the equivalent, Following this, CRNAs must attend an accredited nurse anesthesia school for approximately two years of anesthesia training. Each nurse must then pass a certification examination before practicing as a CRNA.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists