Each patient will have a team of experts caring for them. Each team is made up with the same members:
PSCU (Pre-Surgical Care Unit) or PSE (Pre-Surgical Evaluation) - The PSCU nurse will obtain basic health history information, provide education and pre-operative care such as IV starts and blood draws.
Surgeon - The surgeon is a physician that has extensive training in a specialty and will be performing the surgery to treat, diagnose or repair the patient.
Anesthesiologist - An anesthesiologist cares for the patient prior to surgery, during and after to allow the surgeon to concentrate on the procedure. The anesthesiologist will administer the anesthetic and monitor the patient's heart rate, blood pressure, consciousness, and breathing. Their role helps to ensure the patient has a safe, pain free surgery.
Certified Registered Anesthesiologist Nurse (CRNA) - A CRNA is part of the Anesthesia team, and works very closely with the surgeon and Anesthesiologist to help administer anesthesia and monitor the patient the entire time they are in the operating room.
OR Nurse (Circulating Nurse) - Operating room nurses provide care and support to patients before, during, and after surgery. These nurses are responsible for maintaining a sterile environment in the operating room, monitoring the patient during surgery, and coordinating care throughout the process. They are also responsible for making sure the OR team provides the patient with the best care possible.
Surgical Tech - The surgical technologist is an allied health professional who works as part of the surgical team to ensure that the operative procedure is conducted under optimal conditions. Surgical Techs create and maintain the sterile field and hand instruments during surgery.
PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit) or Recovery Room Nurse - The PACU nurse specializes in providing care to the patient during the immediate post-anesthesia time. This nurse is an expert at assessing the patient for respiratory and surgical complications.