Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
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Preanesthesia Clinic (PAC)
Once a decision has been made that a patient requires surgery (or gastrointestinal, radiological or cardiac procedures that involve anesthesia), patients are often referred to the Denver Health Preanesthesia Clinic (PAC). There patients undergo a “preanesthesia evaluation” which may involve a physical exam as well as various laboratory and other diagnostic tests to ensure they are well prepared for their surgery or procedure. Patients will also receive additional education about their day of surgery, such as which medications to take and how long to go without consuming food or liquid prior to surgery. Not all patients require appointments in the PAC, so if your surgeon does not feel you require one, please ensure you have been given all necessary instructions regarding your medications, etc. prior to leaving the surgical clinic.
The Denver Health Preanesthesia Clinic is located at A1233, across from the Adult Urgent Care Clinic (AUCC) on the first floor of Pavilion A on the Denver Health Main Campus. Please note that the small but efficient PAC staff sees over 3000 patients each year, playing a vital role in ensuring the safety of our pre-surgical patients. PAC appointments are usually brief (less than an hour), and the schedule fills very rapidly. Please arrive early. Patient who miss their PAC appointments often must have their surgery cancelled or postponed.
Patients scheduled for surgery at Denver Health may be assigned to have their procedure in our Ambulatory Surgery Center. This center is designed to provide a relaxed and pleasant experience for our patients and their families on the day of their operation.
At Denver Health, our obstetric Anesthesia Care Team works closely with our
Maternity and Pregnancy team. Our Anesthesia Care Team consists of both male and female providers. Although we strive to honor specific cultural beliefs and customs, unfortunately, provider gender requests cannot always be accommodated. Prior to performing an epidural or spinal, your provider will need to perform a full examination of your back.
Pain Management Options:
- Epidural Analgesia – Commonly called an “epidural” is the most common form of anesthesia used during child birth. This technique involves placement of a catheter in the lower back at a location called the epidural space. The advantage of using a catheter is that it avoids repeat needle injections and allows for continuous infusion and re-dosing of medications to reduce pain during labor. Although this technique is most commonly used for labor pain, it can also be used for a C-section if necessary.
Spinal Analgesia – Commonly called a “spinal” is the most common form of anesthesia used during a C-section. It is similar to an epidural except this technique generally avoids placement of a catheter. Instead your provider will administer a single injection of medication in the lower back at a location called the intrathecal space. The intrathecal space is closer to the spinal cord than the epidural space and therefore requires significant006Cy smaller dosing of medications and avoids placement of a catheter.
Denver Health functions under the Anesthesia Care Team model which includes Physician Anesthesiologists (MD or DO) and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) as well as Anesthesia Technicians, Advanced Practice Providers and administrative staff. Denver Health is a teaching hospital closely affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine and all of the physician anesthesiologist serve as faculty at the medical school. Since one of the primary goals of Denver Health is to train the next generation of health care providers, your care team may also include an anesthesiology resident physician or a Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist (SRNA).
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Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine Providers.