Below, you will find detailed explanations of the various anaesthetic procedures and what happens before and after a procedure. Today's anaesthetic procedures are extremely safe, not only for the young and healthy, but also for elderly patients with pre-existing conditions.
We hope we will be able to alleviate some of your uncertainty and fear of anaesthesia with the following explanations. We will gladly answer any further questions at a personal meeting.
Your first contact with an anaesthetist is when you are invited to the preparation and informed consent consultation (premedication consultation). This consultation takes place the day before the surgery in our premedication outpatient department (2nd floor, room 225) or, for private patients, in the senior consultant's secretariat (1st floor, room 114).
In addition to your medical records and other written information, you should please read and complete the anaesthesia information sheet which was given to you at the unit. On this sheet, you are asked questions about your medical history, allergies and medication consumption which are important for us to know in order to individually select the safest anaesthetic procedures together with you according to the type of surgery and your personal needs. This consultation can, of course, also be performed in the patient's room for non-ambulatory patients or for patients who require special assistance. We will explain the anaesthetic procedures, the further course and the necessary behaviour before surgery in detail. We also explain what medication you are allowed to continue taking and is additionally appropriate.
On the day of surgery, please take the prescribed medication with a small sip of water. After general preparations at your unit, you are then brought by patient transfer to the preoperative area. Here, you will be greeted by your anaesthetist and further prepared for anaesthesia and surgery. From now on, your blood pressure will be taken at regular intervals, the ECG recorded and a small clip on your finger will continuously measure the oxygen saturation of the blood.
Additional monitoring measures previously discussed with you may be required for certain procedures. Moreover, a thin plastic cannula is inserted into a vein, and you are administered an aqueous solution via this access which has the equivalent salinity to normal blood (electrolyte solution). The respective preparations for the appropriate anaesthetic procedure are then performed: position, disinfection and other measures.
During surgery, the anaesthetist constantly monitors your physical condition using a differentiated monitoring system. Surgery-related changes can thus be identified quickly and, if necessary, treated promptly. An anaesthesia nurse, who can assist the doctor, is available at all times.
After the operation is completed, the anaesthetist stops the supply of the anaesthetic drugs if a general anaesthesia has been used. A few minutes later, you will wake up, although you usually will not remember this stage.
If the procedure does not require intensive care, you will be supervised in the recovery room after your surgery by doctors and anaesthesia nurses until being transferred to a Medical Surgical unit. Here, your most important vital functions will continue to be monitored and, as needed, management with painkillers and other necessary drugs initiated. You now have the opportunity to call your family. The Surgical Department then takes over the further processing.
With outpatient surgery, you are again visited by one of our anaesthesiologists. He/she will inform you about any additional 'dos and don'ts' and will ensure that everything is in order. If necessary, we will also provide you with a special anaesthesia ID.
You will usually be moved to the surgical intensive care unit after a long, difficult operation, especially if complicating pre-existing conditions exist. The Operative Intensive Care Unit is located on the 3rd floor and consists of the two units IN 3 (intensive therapy) and IN 2 (intensive monitoring). In both units, continuous monitoring of the vital functions is performed. Due to the constant presence of doctors and the specially-trained nursing staff, it is ensured that even the smallest changes in your health can be detected immediately and treated without delay. We thereby try to respond to your personal wishes and concerns and make your stay at our station as comfortable as possible. Once your condition has stabilised, you will be transferred back to the Medical Surgical Unit.
During your visit, please ring the unit's intercom and kindly be patient and wait until someone can take care of you and let you in. Unfortunately, in an intensive care unit, it is sometimes possible for visitors to encounter waiting times due to crucial activities. Upon entering, you must wear a protective gown for hygiene reasons. We are happy to help you put on this protective gown. For questions concerning the disease process, please contact one of our ever-present unit doctors. Please designate only one contact person who passes along the information to your family. Please understand that, for legal reasons, we cannot answer telephone enquiries from family members who are not explicitly identified.
Should you, at the time of the visit, be suffering from of a febrile or infectious disease, please talk to one of our nursing team before entering the ICU.
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