A: Our licensed technician is one of two people whose job it is to assist the doctor and monitor anesthetic depth. She also regularly checks the patient’s vital signs, and compares them to the automatic readings obtained by the anesthesia software, as an extra measure of safety.
B: You can just see the laptop on which we display our anesthesia monitoring equipment. With this, we monitor heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygenation, core body temperature, and an ECG tracing on all our anesthetized patients.
C: At regular intervals throughout the procedure the patient’s systolic blood pressure is checked, and any needed adjustments are made. This is an important value to track, for low blood pressure is one of the most common complications under anesthesia.
D: Intravenous fluids are being given to this patient, and the fluid pump carefully regulates the rate. Fluids are one of the best ways to combat hypotension, or low blood pressure. An IV catheter also gives us immediate access to a vein if emergency drugs ever needed to be given.
E: Our surgery table is heated to help keep the patient warm.
F: This blue tube is part of our inhalation anesthetic system, which keeps the patient asleep by breathing a carefully controlled combination of oxygen and anesthetic gas. An “ endotracheal tube” is always inserted in the patient’s windpipe to safely keep their airway open.
G: Since avoiding infection is so important, a fresh sterile surgical pack of instruments is used on each patient.
H: The “crash cart” in the surgical suite is outfitted with all the supplies that might be needed in the case of an emergency so they are readily accessible at all times.