Anesthesiology is the specialism that mainly concerns the administering of anesthesia ("without sensation"). Anesthesia, providing care surgery during and in the Intensive Care unit are some of the tasks within anesthesiology. An anesthesiologist is a medical specialist who practices anesthesiology. The anesthesiologists working in the Sint Vincentius Hospital are Drs. J. Kromosoeto and Drs. Z. Amier.
There are several forms of anesthesia:
1. General anesthesia (anesthesia)
2. Regional anesthesia. Some examples are spinal anesthesia (epidural), epidural anesthesia (epidural and placement of a tube for painkillers) and plexus blockage (anesthetic for an arm or leg). The patient is awake, but in consultation sedation can be chosen where a sedative is administered.
3. Local anesthesia (local anesthetic). This form of anesthetic is intended for minor procedures.
Preoperative screening (POS)
When surgery is scheduled, the patient will be referred to an anesthesiologist for an interview. At the POS clinic the screening is done through a number of questions and targeted physical examination. Upon approval, the anesthesiologist (together with the patient) will decide what form of anesthesia applies and agreed upon restrictions regarding sobriety and medication use will be issued.
It's not necessary for patients to be sober when visiting the POS clinic, unless blood sampling is needed for laboratory testing.
Documents required during the screening:
1. Referral by the surgeon or general practitioner with a letter of guarantee. ER (Own Account) patients can make payment directly on the spot
2. Laboratory results
3. If necessary, additional test results (e.g. a heart film) or information from another medical specialist (e.g. cardiologist or internist)
4. When using medications: a list of the medication with the dosage (how many times per day and how many mg at a time).
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS)
In a proportion of patients who snore, sleep is interrupted by pauses in breathing during snoring. This is caused by the upper airway being completely closed for a while. If the respiratory arrest lasts longer than 10 seconds, this is called an apnea. With OSAS, such a respiratory arrest occurs at least 5 times per hour. Patients with OSAS can visit the (POS) clinic for information on the conservative treatment options. Ventilation with a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device is the most commonly used treatment.
In light of the current COVID-19 situation, general measures are in place when visiting the POS clinic.
1. Wearing a protective face mask
2. Disinfecting your hands
3. Keep 1.5-2 meters distance from each other (as much as possible)
For more information about anesthesiology or appointment, please call the Operating Room at 471212 extension 292/216.
The consultation hours are as follows:
For POS: Monday to Friday 09:00 am - 13:00 am
For OSAS: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm