Anesthesia plays a critical role in the treatment and recovery of cancer patients at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. The Anesthesia Program is made up of a committed group of physicians, CRNAs, and technicians dedicated to providing the best anesthesia care for our patients. While our primary focus is the safety of our patients in the operating room, we also provide patient care services outside of the operating room for a variety of medical and radiographic interventions.
Prior to surgery, anesthesiologists evaluate the patient's medical condition and formulate an anesthetic plan for each individual patient taking into consideration that patient's physical status. During surgery, advanced technology is used to monitor the body's functions. Anesthesiologists must interpret these sophisticated monitors in order to appropriately diagnose, regulate and treat the body's organ systems while a personalized, very delicate balance of anesthetic medications is administered. During recovery from anesthesia, pain control is tailored to each patient’s needs and clinical condition.
Anesthesiologists are doctors of medicine who, after graduating from college with a strong background in physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics obtain a medical doctorate degree by completing four years of medical school. After medical school, today's anesthesiologists learn the medical specialty of anesthesiology during an additional four years of post medical school training (one year of internship and three years in an anesthesiology residency program).
During the first year, anesthesiologists must complete training in diagnosis and treatment in other areas of medicine – such as internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics, pediatrics and surgery – or complete a rotating internship where they spend an equal amount of time training in each of the other areas of medicine. Today's anesthesiologists then spend three intensive years of training in anesthesiology learning the medical and technical aspects of the specialty. In addition, they may further specialize in a subspecialty, such as neurosurgical anesthesiology, by completing one to two more years in a subspecialty training program. Even when residency training is completed, anesthesiologists continue to spend a great deal of time in special courses and seminars studying new medical advances and anesthetic techniques throughout their careers. Today's anesthesiologists are educated in cardiology, critical care medicine, internal medicine, pharmacology and surgery to be able to fulfill their role in modern medicine.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists contribute to the overall Moffitt mission "to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer" by administering safe anesthetic care tailored to each patient. CRNAs at Moffitt function with the supervision of an attending anesthesiologist in a team approach to delivering care of the highest quality.
Each CRNA at Moffitt has met the experience and educational requirements: graduation from an accredited school of nurse anesthesia educational program ranging from 24-36 months, depending upon university requirements. These programs offer a graduate degree and include clinical training in university-based or large community hospitals. CRNAs pass a national certification examination following graduation and complete a continuing education and recertification program every two years thereafter.
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