Editorial  |   July 2019
The Well-Equipped Operating Room
Author Affiliations
  • N. Martin Giesecke, M.D.
    Editor, ASA Monitor
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Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Pain Medicine / Patient Safety / Radiological and Other Imaging / Respiratory System / Technology / Equipment / Monitoring / Editorial
Editorial   |   July 2019
The Well-Equipped Operating Room
ASA Monitor 7 2019, Vol.83, 4-5.
ASA Monitor 7 2019, Vol.83, 4-5.
When most folks think about a well-equipped O.R., they likely consider a large hospital suite filled with all the necessary materials to safely perform a surgery or medical procedure. Many patients are amazed to enter the O.R. and see all the lights suspended from the ceiling on their pivoting arms. They might look over at the surgical equipment positioned in a well-organized manner on one or more instrument tables. Some patients like to watch their ECG and non-invasive blood pressures being displayed on large monitors positioned around the room. If the case requires some special piece of equipment, like a fluoroscope or a cardiopulmonary bypass machine, the size of those devices might be impressive to the awake patient. And we, as physician anesthesiologists, are certainly concerned with the tools and machines we must depend upon during the delivery of an anesthetic – the anesthesia machine and our monitors (from blood pressure cuff and pulse oximeter probe to invasive pressure transducers and transesophageal echocardiography machines).
1 Comment
July 9, 2019
Joseph Bryan
Medical Center Hospital, Odessa, Texas
The Well Equipped Operating Room
Martin, I totally agree with your comments, especially about not being referred to as “anesthesia." One further tangential point is that I despise the term “ anesthesia provider.” That is an administrative construct that demeans both anesthesiologists and CRNAS. When someone uses that term in my O.R., I reply that I am an anesthesiologist, that there are CRNAS and that Baxter is an “anesthesia provider.” See you in September, Joe Bob.
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