Leading the Way in Anesthesiology
Anesthesiology is the discipline of medicine dedicated to the evaluation, preparation and care of patients coming for surgery or other potentially stressful procedures. With anesthesia services at North Shore-LIJ, each phase of preparation and treatment is tailored to the needs of the individual patient using a variety of medications to maximize patient comfort and procedural safety.
Anesthesia medications include:
- Pain medications
- Muscle relaxants
- General anesthetics
- Local anesthetics
During the procedure all vital functions are monitored and supported by the anesthesia care team. After anesthesia and upon completion of the procedure, members of the anesthesia team monitor the patient’s recovery, providing critical care and advanced pain relief as needed.
All members of the anesthesia care team have extensive training and experience; physician anesthesiologists complete four years of residency training in anesthesiology after medical school and often take additional fellowship training in a subspecialty discipline. Certified registered nurse anesthetists are required to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing, critical care experience and two years training in anesthesiology. Nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants and anesthesia technicians have training and accreditation in their respective specific disciplines.