Your anesthesia care team.
PAA practices under the Anesthesia Care Team model, an approach that has proven in clinical outcome studies to be the safest method. Each team member plays an important role, working together to provide optimal care for patients.
For every surgery, a PAA physician anesthesiologist and a Novant nurse anesthetist (CRNA) are assigned to the patient’s care. The anesthesiologist leads the care team. His or her 12 – 14 years of education and 12,000 – 16,000 hours of clinical training is necessary to effectively evaluate a patient’s medical condition, recommend an appropriate anesthesia plan, diagnose and treat problems that may surface along the way, and follow through with the patient post-procedure. The anesthesiologist may be responsible for more than one patient at a time, delegating patient monitoring and appropriate tasks to the CRNA, who is present for the duration of the procedure. Regardless, the anesthesiologist retains overall responsibility for the patient, and he or she is always present for all critical parts of each case and available to attend to any patient needs in recovery.
Our goal is to provide the safest experience for all patients. In the event of a complication, the Anesthesia Care Team ensures several highly qualified partners are ready and able to help facilitate a safe outcome.