Anesthesiologists at Greenwich Hospital play a key role in each surgical patient’s medical care. This includes medically evaluating the patient before surgery, providing pain control and supporting life functions during surgery, supervising care after surgery and discharging the patient from the recovery, or post-anesthesia care, unit.
Prior to surgery, the anesthesiologist will conduct a preoperative interview to evaluate the patient's medical condition and formulate an anesthesia plan that takes that patient's physical condition into account. It is vital that the anesthesiologist know as much about the patient's medical history, lifestyle, and medications as possible. This information should include:
• Any known medical conditions
• Reactions to previous anesthetics
• Any known allergies
• Current herbal supplements
• Recent and/or current prescription and over-the-counter medications
• Cigarette smoking and drinking
• Use of street drugs (such as marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, etc.)
During the interview the anesthesiologist will discuss what to expect during surgery, and anesthesia options.
The anesthesiologist is responsible for the patient's comfort and well-being during surgical procedures. In the operating room, the anesthesiologist directs anesthesia care and manages vital functions, including heart rate, blood pressure, heart rhythm, body temperature and breathing. The anesthesiologist also is responsible for fluid and blood replacement, when necessary.
Care After Surgery
The role of an anesthesiologist extends beyond the operating room and recovery room. The anesthesiologist is responsible for the patient's care in the recovery room, monitoring vital signs as the effects of the anesthesia wear off. The anesthesiologist will determine when the patient can leave the recovery room.
Anesthesiologists also work in intensive care units to help restore critically ill patients to stable condition.