Author: Tony Mira
Summary: When the anesthesia provider opts for monitored anesthesia care in a patient case, what is he/she really signing on to? This anesthesia technique is a bit slippery in terms of identification, requirements and even payment.
- Preprocedural assessment and management of patient comorbidity and periprocedural risk
- Diagnosis and treatment of clinical problems that occur during the procedure
- Support of vital functions inclusive of hemodynamic stability, airway management and appropriate management of the procedure induced pathologic changes as they affect the patient’s coexisting morbidities
- Administration of sedatives, analgesics, hypnotics, anesthetic agents or other medications as necessary for patient safety
- Psychological support and physical comfort
- Provision of other medical services as needed to complete the procedure safely
Monitored anesthesia care may include varying levels of sedation, awareness, analgesia and anxiolysis as necessary.