Anesthesiologists help ensure the safety of patients undergoing surgery. The anesthesiologist provides care for the patient to prevent the pain and distress they would otherwise experience. This may involve general anesthesia ("putting the patient to sleep"), sedation (intravenous medications to make the patient calm and/or unaware) or regional anesthesia (injections of local anesthetic near nerves to "numb up" the part of the body being operated on (i.e. nerve blocks or spinal/epidural injections)). In the operating room, they are responsible for the medical management and anesthetic care of the patient throughout the duration of 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.
Surgical Services at CMH
Clinton Memorial Hospital is proud to have this region's premier surgery center. With state-of-the-art equipment and a highly experienced surgery staff (with an average nurse tenure of 24 years), we safely and efficiently provide advanced surgical care.
In addition to our inpatient and outpatient operating areas, our surgery center has pre-anesthesia testing (PAT), a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), sterile processing and 10 private rooms for recovery for our same-day surgery patients. Our operating rooms are used for a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures, including general, orthopedic, urologic, infertility, vascular, obstetric, gynecologic, ophthalmologic, podiatric and pediatric surgeries. This means we can manage simple procedures such as tonsillectomies and arthroscopies as well as more involved procedures such as laparascopic cholecystectomies and cataract surgeries.