Anaesthesiology

Anaesthesiologists at the Department are part of a skilled team that works with patients and their family members before, during and after surgery. After a thorough evaluation, our anaesthesiologists develop an anaesthesia plan tailored to particular patient’s unique needs, and then carefully monitor the patient during surgery. Throughout preparation, surgery and recovery, patient safety remains our top concern.

Facilities & Services

The Preoperative Assessment Clinic (PAC) is available to provide a thorough evaluation, optimization and consultation for complex patients so that they are optimally prepared for their procedure. Particularly complex and high risk patients are referred to the PAC by surgeons for anaesthesia consultation to evaluate the patient’s fitness for surgery and to help guide surgical options.

Patients are guided through anaesthetic risks, options and the course of events to be expected on the day of surgery.

The Perioperative and Interventional Pain Service (PIPS) is an acute pain and regional anaesthesia service that has the primary objective of providing state of the art acute pain control for patients in the post-operative setting.

The Department of Anaesthesia is actively involved in the resuscitation of patients in cardiac arrest situations. The primary task that we perform as part of the Code-Blue team is the management of airway. The team also conducts Advanced Life Support sessions for the medical staff including nurses, respiratory therapists and doctors.

The Department of Anaesthesia provides the following services inside the Hospital:

  • Anaesthesia, Sedation and Monitored Anaesthesia Care in the 7 operation theatres and other procedure areas
  • A 16 bedded Post Anaesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and 4 bedded Chair Recovery
  • Central Venous Access Service, Broviac and apheresis lines (Short term and long term) for patients
  • Anaesthesia, sedation and monitored anaesthesia care services for following departments:
    • Radiology (MRI, CT Scan, PET CT Scan, USG Biopsies and Interventional Radiology Procedures
    • Nuclear Medicine (Renal Scan, Tagged RBC study)
    • Endoscopy ( Endoscopy, ERCP, Diagnostic and therapeutic Bronchoscopies )
    • Radiation Oncology (Teletherapy and placement of RFA fields )
  • Preoperative assessment of patients in preoperative clinic
  • Instituting definite and advanced airway
  • Emergency services as part of ”Code Blue Team”
  • Facilitating with difficult intravenous access
  • Providing full scope of anaesthesia services including acute and chronic pain

Training Opportunities for Physicians

In addition to case by case teaching and on hands training by consultants, a regular teaching programme is in place for all residents. This includes daily regular classes and one weekly grand class on Friday. Residents undergo weekly Viva Voce (oral examination) and one monthly test. In addition, special Viva Voce (oral examination) and TOACS is arranged before examinations.

Research

There are numerous ongoing research programmes under the supervision and permission of the Hospital Ethical Committee and Internal Review Board (IRB). Research, audits and different kinds of departmental and hospital surveys are compulsory components of the training programme for residents. The research work is then presented at different levels in conferences including the annual cancer symposium of the Hospital, and it is also published in different national and international journals.

Our researchers investigate many important issues including:

  • How Anaesthetics Work,
  • Simulators and Human Performance,
  • Making Regional Analgesia Reliable,
  • Measuring Outcomes following Anaesthesia,
  • Reducing Pain following Surgery,
  • Chronic Pain, and
  • Critical Care Medicine.
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