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Nurse Anesthesia

Provide excellence in anesthesia care to all patients requiring anesthetic services at William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

Provide excellence in anesthesia care to all patients requiring anesthetic services at William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

Facility Details

Services

The nurse anesthesia department provides anesthetic services for 10 surgical departments to patients of all ages and physical status categories requiring anesthetic intervention or emergency responses. These services are:

Additional services the department provides include pain management, airway evaluation/management, IV and trauma consultation/management.

Anesthetics

General Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia, Total Intra-Venous Anesthesia and Monitored Anesthesia Care are available.

Anesthesia services available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week by in-house certified registered nurse anesthetists. Anesthesia providers are capable of providing monitored anesthesia care, epidural, spinal (intrathecal) and general anesthesia.

Obstetrical Anesthesia

Anesthesia services available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week by in-house certified registered nurse anesthetists. Anesthesia providers are capable of providing monitored anesthesia care, epidural, spinal (intrathecal) and general anesthesia.

Patient Anesthesia

Your surgeon will schedule you for a preoperative evaluation. During this preoperative evaluation, you will talk with an anesthesia provider. It is important that you disclose any pertinent health history you may have. If you have had any complications with anesthesia you should let the anesthesia provider know. The type of anesthesia will depend on the type of surgery, the surgeon, anesthesia provider / your preference and your health history. During this visit, all required testing will be ordered and the options of anesthesia will be discussed with you. Feel free to ask whatever questions you may have at this meeting.

The day of surgery, you will report to the Same Day Surgery (6E). They will prepare you for the surgery. You will then be escorted to the preoperative holding area located adjacent to the operating room on the 4th floor. Intravenous access will be obtained and final preparations will be completed. It is important that you let your anesthesia provider know of any changes in your health status at this point. You may ask any questions that you may have at this time. Any anesthesia carries some risks. The drugs and techniques used today are pretty safe, though. If you are concerned, talk to your anesthesia provider.

Facility Details

During the Operation

After you have been taken into the operating room, you will be moved to the operating bed. Monitors will be attached to your chest, arms and other parts of your body before the anesthetic is given. An anesthesia provider will be with you at all times. Medications for pain, nausea and others as needed will be administered.

Recovery

The Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) has 8 beds with full monitoring capabilities. It is equipped to deal with any emergencies that may arise. Once the operation is over, you will be moved into the recovery area. This area is equipped to monitor patients after surgery. You can expect to be in the recovery room from 1-2 hours depending on the type of anesthesia you received and your reaction to it. The nursing staff will monitor your progress throughout your stay and anesthesia providers / surgeons are readily available should you require them.

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Preparing For Surgery

Healthcare Provider

William Beaumont Army Medical Center anesthesia nursing section has supported multiple recent military and domestic operations to include: Operation Iraqi Freedom I - IV, in support of humanitarian efforts for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Among some of the units assigned nurse anesthetists have deployed with are the 745th Forward Surgical Team, 31st Combat Support Hospital (CSH), 86th CSH, 10th CSH and 21st CSH.